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Rima Fakih

You Don't Need To Be Blonde To Be Miss America, Folks

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion

Twitter erupted in a flurry of indignation as Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned as this year's Miss America, with some of the milder Tweets cl...

Reality Dating Show Features Two Local Celebs

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.28.2012 | Detroit

Can you convince a celebrity to take you on a date without seeing who you are? What if you had a hometown advantage? When new Fox show "The Choice"...

Miss USA Arrested On Drunk Driving Suspicions

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 04.11.2012 | Style

From the moment she received her Miss USA crown, Rima Fakih has been embroiled in controversies. She initially grabbed headlines in 2010 when she b...

Lessons We Can Learn From The Koran-Quoting Miss USA

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 01.11.2012 | Women
Hani Almadhoun

Talking heads point fingers at Muslims for mistreating women, but they don't always practice what they preach when it comes to Muslim women wanting to break free.

Miss USA Rima Fakih Talks About Her Partying (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Hilary Moss | Posted 08.13.2011 | Style

"Good Morning America" sat down with Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih, to talk about her "bumpy year," which, of course, kicked off with her pole dancing pho...

Muslims In America: A Year In Review

Mona Eltahawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mona Eltahawy

Take one comedian, mix in a beauty queen, throw in some bigots and an exploding crow and you'll open an unorthodox window into the past year for Muslims in America.

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.

Miss USA Rima Fakih, Marc Jacobs & Denise Richards Party On Monday Night Of Fashion Week (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

There were a handful of fetes across Manhattan last night, and nearly six days into Fashion Week, you can tell the attendance is tapering off. But tha...

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 ...

I Understand Shirley Sherrod

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Something is fundamentally rotten in our political culture -- where groups seeking political advantage can so easily make victims of innocents and cowards will let good people pay a price rather than defend their rights to a fair hearing.

U.S. Cultural Exports Complicate Ties With Muslims

Religion News Service | By Nicole Neroulias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) As Carrie Bradshaw might write in her "Sex and the City" column, when it comes to America's relations...

The Media's Role in Combating Unilateral Points of View

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The following summarizes the author's comments at a round table this week to launch UNESCO's World Report "Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercu...

Muslim Miss USA Rima Fakih Talks Faith, Being An Ambassador For Muslims

Religion News Service | By Omar Sacirbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Rima Fakih's path from Lebanon to Las Vegas, where she was crowned Miss USA on May 16, is not unlike oth...

In Defence of an Arab-American Beauty Queen

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Faisal J. Abbas

I wasn't surprised that Fatih won the title because I believe in the democratic system that exists in the US. What I found to be appalling are some of things that have been said since she won the title last week.

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.

What Is So Controversial? First Arab-American Crowned Miss USA

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Anushay Hossain

Fakih's story embodies what America is at its core: a melting point of cultures. It also breaks a huge stereotype, for better or for worse, about Arab-Americans.

The Miss USA Pageant And The Politics Of Beauty

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Disgrasian

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...

Muslim Miss USA: Progress Or Immodesty?

Religion News Service | By Omar Sacirbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Europe's burqa debate and a steady stream of media images showing veiled women have led to a widespread...

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 Scrutiny Indicates Weird Obsession with Islam

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ahmed Rehab

Just one day after Rima Fakih, an Arab-American Lebanese Muslim from Michigan, won the Miss USA pageant, her faith took center stage, and sure enough, some found a way to "link" her to terrorism.

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 ...