Rima Fakih, 24, was crowned the 2010 Miss USA on Sunday night, being the first American of Muslim faith to garner the title. Though her crowning moment quickly turned sour as a stripper-contest scandal emerged less than 24 hours after her win, Fakih’s accomplishment was still a big moment.
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Fakih’s family supports both Muslim and Christian faiths, as she attended Catholic school as a child in New York before moving to Michigan, her current home, in 2003.
Fakih earned high marks from all the judges at the Miss USA pageant held in Las Vegas, making a strong impression in the swimsuit, evening gown, and interview rounds. For the interview round, she impressed with her clear and straightforward answer to whether birth control should be paid by health insurance.
“I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih answered, both calmly and to the point.
Prior to her stint on Miss USA, Fakih proved she has brains as well as beauty, having received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Economics and Business Management in 2008.