Miss USA pageant winner Rima Fakih is of Lebanese descent

17May10

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

Ms. Fakih, a Lebanese-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.
“It was a beautiful surprise,” said her sister, Rana Faqih, who moved back to Lebanon a few months ago for a new job, from the family’s native village of Srifa in southern Lebanon. “It was not easy for Rima to reach this title.”

We’re very proud as Lebanese Americans and as Lebanese that Rima reached this point despite all the pressures and stereotyping about Arabs and Lebanese. She made it. She fought and reached her goal,” her sister said.