Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss USA 2010 on Sunday night, becoming the first Arab-American to win the beauty pageant.
,Born in Lebonon, she emigrated with her parents to the United States as a baby and attended Catholic school in New York City until her family moved to Michigan in 2003.,She is already bracing for questions about her roots.,“I think it would prove that Arabs don’t always try to separate themselves, but instead are integrated into American culture,” she recently told the Global Arab Network.“It would show the world that yes, there are Arabs that are beautiful not only in looks, but also on the inside,” she said. “There are Arabs that are caring, that are good people, and who love the country they live in. I think it would make the Arab image a more positive one.”,
Pageant officials said historical pageant records were not detailed enough to show whether Fakih was the first Arab American, Muslim or immigrant to win the Miss USA title.The pageant started in 1952 as a local bathing suit competition in Long Beach, Calif.