Plus, she's from the Middle East
Rima Fakih celebrated her Miss USA coronation
Sunday night like many pageant winners before her -- with shock,
tears and a sparkling white smile. Also like
a number of recent tiara wearers, controversy has already found her.
Fakih, 24, a Lebanese immigrant and University
of Michigan graduate from Dearborn is under fire after pictures
surfaced of a her competing in a Detroit radio's
station's "Stripper 101" pole dancing contest in 2007. She won,
taking home her own stripper pole and "adult
toys," according to TMZ.com.
Partying pageant queens are nothing new (see:
former Miss USA Tara Conner), but Fakih's win may be historic
because she is believed to be the first Arab-American
and Muslim to win the Miss USA title.
For some Muslims, Fakih's win is bittersweet.
There is pride over her ascension to the
visible role of Miss USA -- and disappointment
that she had to bare her body to get there.
When was the last time a beauty contestant didn't
have a past?
Hell, she's dancing with her clothes on - what
else do they want?
If they split the contest in two, and had "Christian
girls" and "normal girls,"
the normal girls would win the most and have the most scandals.
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