Last night Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss USA 2010, becoming the first Arab-American to win the beauty pageant.
Fakih, 24, who was raised in Dearborn, Mich., beat out 50 other contestants, for the grand prize. Fakih accepted her crown from Kristen Dalton, the outgoing Miss USA, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Born in Lebonon, she emigrated with her parents to the United States as a baby and attended Catholic school in New York City until her family moved to Michigan in 2003. She is a graduate the University of Michigan-Dearborn with degrees in economics and business management. She plans to begin law school after her year-long reign.
The pageant was hosted by The TODAY Show’s Natalie Morales and celebrity chef Curtis Stone.
Winner: Miss Michigan USA, Rima Fakih.
1st Runner Up: Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.
2nd Runner Up: Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
3rd Runner Up: Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
4th Runner Up: Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier
Miss California USA, Nicole Michele Johnson
Miss Tennessee USA, Tucker Perry
Miss Missouri USA, Ashley Strohmier
Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore
Miss Mississippi USA, Breanne Ponder
Miss Arkansas USA, Adrielle Churchill
Miss Kansas USA, Bethany Gerber
Miss Wyoming USA, Claire Schreiner
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Gina Cerilli
Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright
MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore.
MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright.