May 17, 2010

Miss USA crowns Muslim-Christian, Arab-American Rima Fakih.

Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant crowns Muslim-Christian, Arab-American Rima Fakih.

Well, in these chaotic times, it’s great to have a first on the positive front.

Even if said “first” comes in the decidedly old school Miss USA content—a pageant that started as a swimsuit competition in 1952, back before the Mad Men era.

Rima Fakih of Michigan was crowned Miss USA.

Excerpt via The New York Times:

Pageant organizers on Sunday night crowned a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant from Michigan as Miss USA 2010.

Rima Fakih was born in Lebanon, moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York City, where she attended a Catholic school. She told pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths…She said she planned to attend law school after completing her term as Miss USA….During the pageant, Ms. Fakih nearly fell in her evening gown because of the length of its train. However, she recovered. During the interview she was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance. She said she believed it should because it is expensive.

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

Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, was first runner-up. She was asked about Arizona’s new immigration law, and said she supported the law…

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