Miss USA Rima Fakih: 10 Things To Know

Two things happened to Rima Fakih yesterday. She nearly went splat after tripping over the long train of her wedding-like gown. And more importantly, the Miss Michigan USA pageant queen was crowned Miss USA. Rima, who was born in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. as a baby, said she knew she’d be crowned the winner when she saw Donald Trump’s expression. “That’s the same look that he gives them when he says, ‘You’re hired,’ on ‘The Apprentice,’ she said. Rima will go on to represent the U.S. in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also will receive a New York apartment for one year, an undisclosed salary, and various beauty, health, and professional services. After the jump, find out more about Rima, including the surprising talent that helped her win another kind of contest. 10 Things to Know About Rima Fakih

  1. She might be the first Arab-American, Muslim, or immigrant, to win the Miss USA title, but the pageant organization hasn’t kept adequate enough records to determine so. [CBS News]
  2. Rima is a champion pole dancer. [TMZ]
  3. She believes birth control pills should be paid for by health insurance. “I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” said Rima during the personal interview portion of the Miss USA pageant. [CBS News]
  4. Last year, Rima became the first Arab-American crowned Miss Michigan USA. (Apparently, they keep better records than the national committee?) [My Fox New York]
  5. She has said that her status as a beauty queen “would prove that Arabs don’t always try to separate themselves, but instead are integrated into American culture.” [My Fox New York]
  6. Rima says her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths, and she attended a New York Catholic school. [CBS News]
  7. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and minored in Business Administration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. [The Detroit Blog]
  8. She was a volunteer social worker during her college years. [My Fox New York]
  9. Rima is the ambassador of The Pink Fund, an organization that provides financial aid to women and men afflicted with breast cancer. [The Pink Fund]
  10. She has also worked to raise awareness of breast and ovarian cancer and women’s self-defense. [The Detroit Blog]