Arab-American Who Was Crowned Miss USA This Weekend Says She Knew She Won When Trump Gave Her The ‘You’re Hired’ Look!

- By Bossip Staff

While New York City is still on high alert after the attempted Times Square bombing earlier this month, the Miss USA pageant is proving this country still has love for Arab-Americans after crowning a 24-year-old Lebanese-American Rima Fakih winner of this weekend’s contest. Pop the hood for details about the pageant, including how Rima says she knew she was a winner.

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title.

The 24-year-old Miss Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown.

She told reporters later that she believed she had won after glancing at pageant owner Trump as she awaited the results with the first runner-up, Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.

“That’s the same look that he gives them when he says, ‘You’re hired,'” on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” she said.

“She’s a great girl,” said Trump, who owns the pageant with NBC in a joint venture.

Fakih took top honors at the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.

Fakih, an Arab-American from Dearborn, Mich., told pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths. She moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York, where she attended a Catholic school. Her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

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.

Fakih told reporters she sold her car after graduating college in Michigan to help pay for her run in the Miss Michigan USA pageant.

In a moment that was replayed during the broadcast, Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in her gown because of the length of its train. But she made it without a spill and went on to win.

Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.

During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly.

“I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih said.

We watched part of the Miss USA pageant this weekend and we felt that Fakih was the most down to earth finalist on stage. The fact that she sold her car to be able to compete also puts her in a very deserving light!

Do you think the politics of her being Arab-American played into the decision to crown her at all? Do you think that having an Arab-American Miss USA will improve relations between Arabs and Westerners or Arab-Americans and other Americans at all? Considering that the pageant called for Rima to wear a bikini, and Arab culture has been critical of how Western culture allows women to wear revealing clothing, could this win actually have the reverse effect?


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  • sfews

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at an age gap dating site [BlackWhiteDate @ c.//o.//m]—a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends

  • matixb

    Beautiful, sans cake shots! Hope you don’t show up in a Drake vedio soon my dear!

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    i’m sure many will sh#$ bricks over this one but you can’t deny that she’s very pretty!

  • yuelxin676

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at an age gap dating site [A_g_e_m_i_n_g_l_e @ c.//o.//m]—a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    and i definitely agree with her on birth control!!

  • Johar From Algeria

    She’s beautiful. Arab beauty!

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  • MATIX B( the real Canadian DIVA)

    CO-SIGN on the BC, it costs so much up here like 60 dollars a month. Question: …why is Viagra covered by most health insurance but simple birth control pills aren’t??? WTF????


  • caribbeanja

    Slow news day I guess

  • drenk


  • R_U_Trying_To_Prove_Her_Right?

    OF course he gave her the n.o.d. — she is gorgeous.

    Unlike that 4’11’ fat f@ck in a burka, who comes on this blog, all pious one minute, and full if ghetto vulgarity the next.

  • QUE

    Yo, this chick was cocky the whole night, like she knew she was gonna win. haha She is beautiful though.


    She’s really pretty but that sh-t is rigged.


  • for real

    This whole thing is totally embarrasing and so obviously political. Because she is an Arab-American, her winning Miss USA was a given. Donald Trump will do anything to remain on the radar. This contest has reached an all time low, I acknowledge that it is a beauty pagent, but could they have at least woman who were knowledgable about current issue. The contestants claim to be college educated but when Miss Michigan stated that birth control pill are a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE I was shocked!(Controlled substances are medical narcotics, or medical substances that can become addictive such as Xanax or Codine)
    Damn Trump!, the girl is cute but obviously dumb as dirt and this is who you feel is a suitable representative for the United States, but based upon the actions of folks like Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and other reactionary pundits I guess it fits! And having your wife as a judge, another great touch Trump!!!!

  • jhylt

    She is beautiful. Congratulation

  • Alimah

    “her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths”

    Many Muslimahs do not wear hijab, okay, i understand..but practice christianity..nah not even close!! We believe in ONE GOD, creater of the Prophets..Only he is worthy of worship!

  • Nina

    @Alimah, she said her family. Not her. A family in Libanon can have Christian and Muslim members, it’s common in Libanon. Take a deep breath. She did not say that she is practising Christianity and Islam, that would be a bit silly, no?

  • QUE

    Man, did anybody see Miss Nebraska?? ONG, she was beautiful

  • Tee

    drenk, you crazy…LMAO. That is hella funny to me!!!

  • http://deleted tessa

    She is very beautiful and very deserving to win a beauty pageant.

  • R_U_Trying_To_Prove_Her_Right?

    Speak of the devil !!!!

  • juliemango

    Congrats 2 her sounds like a smart1>she may end up in a Drake vid. soon!!!

  • Alimah

    @ sweet…
    a jewish guy names do not know what Islam says about all the prophets, obviously i can tell wit ur comment..really pls dont make me go into the history of my not a muslim just by blood, ubt because i love Islam n have seeked much knowledge!

  • Evelyn

    @for real, controlled substances also include prescription medication… i.e. birth control pills. Duh.

  • LaDiva

    Wow the girl is very pretty.
    Well deserved.

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