A 24-year old Arab-American won the title of Miss USA in the annual beauty pageant held Sunday night in Las Vegas. Rima Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant, who moved to the United States as a baby, is the first woman of Arab descent to win the pageant title. The Detroit Free Press newspaper reported that a large crowd gathered in Dearborn, which is heavily Arab-American, at a restaurant to watch the contest. "We have culture. We have beauty. We have history, and today we made history," Zouheir Alawieh, 51, told the Free Press. "This is the real face of Arab Americans, not the stereotypes you hear about," he added. Too bad the only "normal" portrayal of an Arab American in any recent bit of American pop culture had to be in a Donald Trump-produced show with women parading around in bathing suits. Also, check out Miss Oklahoma voicing her approval of Arizona’s SB 1070 during the interview round, after the cut.
Lebanese Immigrant Wins Miss USA and Miss Oklahoma on SB 1070 [Video]
By Jorge Rivas May 17, 2010