Miss USA 2010 is a Lebanese American | pictures


Lebanese worldwide should be proud today: The beautiful Lebanese-American Rima Fakih was selected as Miss USA 2010, replacing the 2009 winner Kristen Dalton. Rima Fakih will be representing the United States in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih reacts after being crowned Miss USA during the 2010 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada May 16, 2010.

The beautiful Rima Fakih Miss Michigan USA from Dearborn Michigan is Miss USA 2010.

She became the 59th Miss USA on Sunday night.

The pageant took place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss USA 2009 winner Kristen Dalton gave up her crown tonight and now Rima Fakih is ready to take on the task of traveling the world and helping out those less fortunate for the next 12 months.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, left, reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 by Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Las Vegas.

The 51 contestants were quickly narrowed down to 15 and then to five. The lucky women chosen to compete in the final five included Miss Michigan, Miss Virginia, Miss Maine, Miss Colorado and Miss Oklahoma.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Las Vegas.

Our personal favorite from the very beginning was Miss Michigan so we’re not surprised she won. Not only did she recovery incredibly from a small slip (she didn’t fall right down) during the evening gown portion of the competition but she also gave a shout out to her mom and her director during her interview question. Miss Michigan was the only woman to do this throughout the competition.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih competes in bathing suit portion of the Miss USA 2010 pageant, Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Las Vegas. Fakih was later crowned Miss USA 2010.

Not only did Michigan (Rima Fakih) possess the most grace, elegance and beauty throughout the competition but she was also the most genuine. Her answers didn’t seem rehearsed and her smile didn’t seem forced, much like the other finalists.

The 51 contestants competing for the title of Miss USA 2010 pose for the official swimsuit photo at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday May 6, 2010. The women will compete for the title of Miss USA 2010 on May 16

So if you’re asking yourself did Miss Michigan really deserve to win Miss USA 2010, the answer is yes. Absolutely.

When asked about how she felt about her new title, Rima replied with “Ask me after I eat a pizza.”

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih stands next to first runner up Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard (L)

About time someone who deserves to win actually wins. Now let’s hope she doesn’t end up in the middle of controversy like other former Miss USA competitors – Tara Conner, Carrie Prejean.

With roots in south Lebanon — a region many in Dearborn have ties to — Fakih's family moved in the early 1990s to Queens, N.Y. There, the family lived through the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Fakih's family is itself a blend of cultures and religions, including both Christians and Muslims. Though Muslim, Fakih's parents celebrate Christmas and have a painting of Jesus in their home.
Given the community's cultural conservatism, some Arab Americans — in particular, Muslims — aren't keen on seeing their daughters and sisters participate in beauty pageants that feature public displays of the body. But the virtue of physical beauty in women and men has a long tradition in Arab culture, historians say.