Lebanon-born Miss Michigan Rima Fakih becomes first Arab-American woman to win Miss USA pageant
Originally Published:Sunday, May 16th 2010, 10:37 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 16th 2010, 10:37 PM
Fakih, 24, a former New Yorker who was raised in Dearborn, Mich., beat out 50 other contestants, including runner-up Miss Oklahoma, for the grand prize.
When asked on stage how she felt about the big win, the petite brunette quipped, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."
"I feel great. Thanks for hiring me, Donald Trump," she said of the co-owner of the Miss USA pageant.
She is a graduate the University of Michigan-Dearborn with degrees in economics and business management. She plans to begin law school after her year-long reign.
Fakih nearly tripped on the train of her long, strapless gown during the evening-wear portion of Sunday night's the competition, broadcast live on NBC.
In the interview segment of the event, she was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance. She said yes.
"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," said Fakih, who was raised in a household that celebrates both Christian and Muslim faiths.