Rima Fakih's road to becoming Miss USA began when she sold her car to support her childhood dream to enter the Miss Michigan USA pageant. Fakih won the state title and, on May 16, 2010 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 25-year-old made history
as the first ever Arab American and Muslim to win the crown.
Fakih was born in Sour, Lebanon and immigrated to Queens, New York in 1993. She graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in 2003 at the age of 17. After graduation, Fakih moved to Dearborn, Michigan and began a mentoring program to provide children with caring adult role
Fakih continued to give back to her community while attending the University of Michigan, where
she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration.
Active in campus life, Fakih served her fellow students as class senator and president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). She also spent time volunteering for various community organizations.
As ambassador of the Pink Fund, a financial assistance organization, Fakih is dedicated to helping remove the short-term financial burden from breast cancer patients. As Miss Michigan USA 2010, Fakih served as one of the first official pageant ambassadors for women's self-defense awareness, educating women on the importance of taking the necessary precautionary measures to best protect and prepare themselves from unwanted situations.
As Miss USA, Fakih is a spokeswoman for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation - a platform that is close to her heart. She will travel nationwide as an advocate for organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club, among others.
Since being crowned in May, Rima has had many notable appearances, recently speaking at Ronald Reagan's Centennial Celebration, riding in a float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and attending an American Chamber of Commerce conference in Cairo alongside former President Bill Clinton. Rima also continues to make many appearances with the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), including a special segment titled "Tribute to the Troops" and a role in the reality show "Tough Enough."
When Fakih manages to find free time in her busy schedule, she enjoys traveling, running, dancing and spending time with her younger brother. She especially enjoys playing sports and watching the NFL, particularly the NY Giants. After her reign, Fakih plans to attend law school and contribute to the Service Nation campaign, an initiative that aims to inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service in America.
To follow Rima now, check out RimaFakih.com.