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Miss USA

A Trailblazing, Feminist Beauty Queen

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hilary Levey Friedman

Last week women around the world observed the 100th celebration of International Women's Day. One woman not discussed was Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943, who passed away on Sunday night.

'Miss New York' Crashed Miss USA's Thanksgiving Float | ANNIE KARNI | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Miss New York Davina Reeves didn't want to be just another face in the crowd at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- she wanted to be the star. So...

Why Lebanese Diplomacy Is Irrelevant in Washington

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Beauty pageants often arch an eyebrow in today's climate of political correctness. The Lebanese embassy in Washington, however, has taken celebrating beauty pageants to a whole new level.

Alexandria Mills, Miss World, Causes Controversy: Miss Norway May Have Been Cheated Due To Nobel Prize Win

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Alexandria Mills was all smiles when she was crowned Miss World on Saturday, making her the third American to nab the title in the pageant's 60-year h...

School Pride: Must See TV

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

NBC's School Pride may have viewers rethinking the value of realty shows. It features Susie Castillo -- along with three others -- tackling the urgent need to give America's children safe and appealing schools in which to learn.

Muslim Miss USA: Mosque Too Close To WTC Site

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Rima Fakih, the first Muslim Miss USA, has come out against the location of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." Fakih, whose faith caused a bit of ...

Regarding Miss California, At Least Anita Bryant Could Sing

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

Carrie Prejean has become a sort of anti-Susan Boyle. It isn't just that she's a bigot, per se. There is no shortage of bigots. They just usually don't wear tiaras.

Miss USA Rima Fakih Turns Heads At Fashion Fete (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Miss USA Rima Fakih--she of stripper scandal fame--turned heads at the Hugo Boss party on Thursday night. Page Six reports that although the fete was ...

Rima, Carrie and Donald: Feminist Liberators

Ruth Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ruth Fowler

They spend hours getting coiffed and air-brushed, they pose in teeny bikinis and evening gowns which resemble Manhattan stripper wear (I should know),...

The New Miss USA: Progress or Bigger Problems for Muslims?

Nida Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nida Khan

While Rima's victory is undoubtedly shattering barriers, it is also simultaneously painting those Muslim women who practice the religion in a more traditional manner as further and further from the norm.

The Miss USA Pageant And The Politics Of Beauty

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

One of the most awesomely fake controversies of the year has got to be the decrying of newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih--the first Muslim-American an...

She's Hot and Hezbollah: When Women Are Wielded as Ideological Weapons

Haroon Moghul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

Fakih will be wielded as a weapon to tell women what they're wearing is wrong. For far too long, women -- or women reduced to their bodies -- have been the fields on which ideas, identities, and now corporations do battle.

Miss USA Rima Fakih Bikini PHOTOS: Beauty Queen Parties On A Boat In A Swimsuit (PICTURE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

TMZ has these not-so-surprising photos of the newly crowned Miss USA partying on Lake Michigan last year. Rima Fakih won her title on Sunday night, an...

Why They Hate an Arab Miss USA

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dean Obeidallah

Yes, that is correct - our new Miss America Rima Fakih is Arab-American! A great day for Arab-Americans - at least it should be.

Are We Overreacting to Compromising Photos of the New Arab-American Miss USA?

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jehan S. Harney

So if a Muslim woman covers herself, then she is considered against Western values. But when a Muslim woman acts liberal, then she is criticized as being a "slut."

Congrats to Miss USA But Here are the Arab American Women I Look Up To

Nour Akkad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nour Akkad

Should Rima Fakih's victory really be looked at as groundbreaking? One Facebook post equated Fakih's win to Barack Obama becoming the first African American President. If a beauty pageant win is our breakthrough moment, we're in trouble.

Rima Fakih Stripper PHOTOS: Miss USA's Pole Dancing Past Revealed; Pageant Officials Investigate (PICTURE, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

It didn't take long for the new Miss USA to become embroiled in a scandal: Rima Fakih--an Arab-American from Dearborn, Michigan, who was crowned Miss ...

The Miss U.S.A. Pageant -- The Best in Network Broadcasting

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ian Gurvitz

As I watched the Miss U.S.A. pageant, I couldn't help wondering what these girls were thinking. What it about the cash? Was this the crowning achievement in a lifetime of pageants?

Oh No! Miss USA Contestants Look Like Porn Stars not Pageant Queens!

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Bonnie Fuller

Not only do they all look like porn stars, but they also aspire to be underwear models! This year's crop of contenders for the pageant title ALL dream of being Victoria's Secret Angels, reveals pageant president Paula Shugart.

Donald Trump On Racy Miss USA Photos: 'I Have No Problem With It' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Donald Trump definitely subscribes to the philosophy that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Of the sexy Miss USA promo photos, the pageant owner...

Miss USA Promo Photos: Too Hot Or Just Right? (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Update: Pageant owner Donald Trump has said he has "no problem with" the photos. And former Miss USA Tara Conner, who admitted to drug and alcohol ab...

"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep": A Very Pretty Playlist for Carrie Prejean

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Seeing Ms. Prejean attempt to manhandle the "media" or Larry King the other night reminded me of a lesson I learned long, long ago.

Celeb Career Thermometer: Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Miss USA

Nicole Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nicole Williams

Lest you think Parker is getting a little "Carried" away with this role, let's not forget that before the SATC craze, it was flop after rom-com flop for this fashionista. So why should she quit a good thing?

Anti-Aging Advice From a 96-Year-Old Hottie

Francesca Biller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francesca Biller

Still driving around town in her shiny red Lexus, my grandma continues to maintain her sassy, coiffed hairdo, along with a manicure and shopping trips to keep up with the latest fashions.

I (Heart) Gen Art: 15th Anniversary Benefit with Zac Posen, a NY Housewife and Miss USA

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marissa Bronfman

Zac Posen had his first show at Gen Art and told me, "It's so important to give a platform for all these amazing young artists... there should be more like it!"