Beirut, Washington, Tel Aviv- As soon as 24-year old Rima Fakih, who is originally from the town of Srifa in Southern Lebanon, descended from the Las Vegas stage as “Miss USA 2010” she began to face criticism from all directions. Some US and Israeli media outlets went so far as to say that a Muslim winning a US beauty pageant confirms that Islam has taken root in the country since Barack Obama won the presidency a year ago.
The Miss USA 2010 title went to Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday night, as she beat out Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who was named first runner-up. Fakih, a Lebanese-American born in New York, nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless gown with a train, but she made it without a spill. During the interview portion, Fakih, 24, 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.