The triumphant walk for the new Miss USA took her straight into controversy as a Muslim woman who flaunts her beauty, and who once flaunted it so well she won a stripper contest. Rima Fakih, 24, won the title as the country's most beautiful woman Sunday night in Las Vegas. Shortly after the release of pictures showing Fakih cradling a dozen roses across her strapless white dress while balancing a shimmering tiara on her head, came photos of Fakih in red short shorts, a tiny tank top and towering stilettos while balancing against a pole.
The Miss USA pageant wants to know if there are any more out there. She did not remove any clothing at the women-only event; in fact, she barely shows her midriff, let alone anything else. The pictures had been on the Mojo in the Morning website since Fakih participated in the contest inbut nobody seemed to take any notice of them, not even when the dark-haired beauty became Miss Michigan USA to earn a spot in the Miss USA pageant that was held last week in Las Vegas.
Forget the Best Actress Oscar. We're pretty sure there's a Miss USA curse. First there was Tara Conner.
The new Miss USAwho found herself in Internet photos from a radio show's "Stripper " contest, insists the pictures were in well-intentioned jest — despite their racy nature. I didn't do anything wrong. Fikah says the event actually focused on building women's fitness and confidence.
The photos were released by the Detroit morning radio show "Mojo in the Morning" less than 24 hours after Fakih beat out Miss Oklahoma, who lost the title after answering a question about illegal immigration. My friend who was a DJ at the station said 'Why don't you get up there? Fakih, 23, said she complied, "and a few pictures were snapped, and, of course, they don't look the best angle as I normally [do].
Less than 24 hours after her victory pictures emerged of Rima Fakih, 24, dancing next to a pole wearing red hot pants and a tank top, One photograph showed her with dollar bills stuffed into her bra. The "Stripper " contest took place in and was sponsored by a Detroitradio show called Mojo in the Morning. The contest was run by strippers but Miss Fakih and other contestants did not remove their clothes.
Those pictures of her pole dancing? Not even 24 hours after being crowned Miss USARima Fakih was forced to defend herself over Internet pictures of her apparently pole dancing. It was something where we were having fun.
And here we thought Lindsay Lohan had a lock on offering up the oddest excuse of the day. Well folks, a new challenger has stepped into the ring! Pole-friendly Miss USA Rima Fakih stopped by the Today show this morning and, after paying lip service to her world-peace-seeking win on the pageant circuit, she addressed the controversy du jour. It collected about women and they teach them how to dance and feel sexy.
Reacting to widely circulated photos of her performing a pole dance inthe newly crowned Miss USA said Wednesday that she never entered a stripper contest, but was only helping a friend with a radio-station promotion. Fakih is dressed in short red shorts and a blue tank top with a high neckline in the pictures, which caused a bit of a contretemps Monday and Tuesday when the gossip site TMZ made it seem as if the Lebanese-American beauty had done something that would jeopardize her crown. Fakih did want to set the record straight, however, on how the pictures came to be taken.
One involving a pole. A stripper pole. Back inthe year-old competed in a local radio show's "Stripper " contest and her win last night has stirred up photos of her working the pole. Now, according to Mojo in the Morning's website, the show's producers "have been contacted by representatives of Miss Universe requesting more photographs and information regarding Miss USA Rimah Fakih's involvement in the 'Stripper ' contest.