This year’s Miss USA Pageant, held at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, made history last night as Miss Michigan contestant is crowned the new Miss America!
Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan, is the first woman of Arab/American ethnicity that has ever won the competition. Rima Fakih beat out Morgan Elizabeth Woolard (Miss Oklahoma) in the finals late last night proving that she held her own against some amazing competition in the Miss USA Pageant 2010.
Rima Fakih is a twenty four year old Lebanese-American born in New York. Upon moving to Michigan as a child she never dreamed of being in pageants, she was in fact a tomboy. She shares her story in this news clip before she departed her home state for Las Vegas and the big event. She started in pageants in order to earn scholarships for school so she could pursue her educational ambitions. She was crowned Miss Michigan in September of 2009, allowing her to continue to the Miss USA Pageant this year. Rima will continue onto the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, also held in Las Vegas later this year.
Rima Fakih hopes to give back to the country during her reign as Miss America. Rima shares that she hopes to “positively use her position of influence to advocate community service, charity and educational growth.”