Rima Fakih is Miss USA

Among the 51 beautiful ladies in the Miss USA Pageant — one representing each state, one stood out above the rest. Miss Michigan Rima Fakih became the first Arab American to win the title of Miss USA last night. The Miss USA Pageant aired on NBC, hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and NBC News correspondent and former WVIT anchor Natalie Morales.

Fakih was born in Lebanon in 1986. Her family briefly moved to the United States, and she was raised in New York where she attended Catholic school.  Her family moved to a Detroit [Michigan] suburb in 2003. Her pageantry career started after she “sold car after graduating college in Michigan to help pay for her run in the Miss Michigan USA pageant.”

On September 19, 2009, she was crowned Miss Michigan.

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