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posted by Rima Fakih at 05:09pm on 06/11/2010

"How does it feel? Are you stressed? You're Miss USA now!" are common questions that I have been asked multiple times recently.  I don't believe I am stressed at all, in fact I feel like I've gone from living a day-to-day life to living THE life. Growing up, I've watched major events, parties that involve celebrities, and red carpets and always hoped for that day when I could be a part of it.  Well, just look at my recent week; I was part of the ribbon cutting for Mr. Donald Trump's NYC tour bus, I played touch football with Tom Brady at a Best Buddies event, and walked the red carpet at a Ford Fiesta event.  I've been busy in the limelight, however, I've also been busy in action for breast and ovarian cancer awareness.  On Tuesday, I took part in a Scan Van on the streets of Manhattan.  I encouraged women in local shelters to take advantage of the Scan Van that offered free mammograms.  One 42-year-old mother of 4 children, who got checked because of the van, discovered she had a cancerous lump and she's now able to take steps to save her life for the sake of her family and well being. 

I also got to go to the prom!  It's not everyday that an individual can say I went to prom with a 17-year-old, who 2 weeks ago had no money to purchase a prom dress nor find a suitable dress at a free prom gown giveaway.  I went to prom with

Marymichelle, who also had no date, and during her prom night I heard her say "I'm popular now." I told my organization how amazing it felt to make Mary Michelle's night a special night, and even though they try to make sure that Miss USA is involved in always making a positive difference they are going to make sure I do more everyday. I want you all to take my experience with the Miss Universe organization as an example that helping others should be part of our everyday life. Pay it forward USA, together we can do more. After all this is the land of free, of opportunity, and the land of anything can be possible. Like our great president stated "yes we can" and in the words of the president of Miss Universe Organization, Paula Shugart, "Everyday marks a day in history."

With Love,
Rima Fakih

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