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We have made history, says a fan
Washington: Rima Fakih, a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, making her the first ever Arab-American to win the title.
Hailing from Dearborn, Michigan, Ms. Fakih nearly tripped in her evening gown but went on to win anyway, after telling judges that in her view birth control ought to be paid for by the healthcare system given its cost .
She also discussed her multi-faith background, describing her family as one that celebrated both the Christian and the Muslim faiths.
Ms. Fakih was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States as a child. She grew up in New York .
The Detroit Free Pressquoted pageant fan Zouheir Alawieh as saying, “This is the real face of Arab Americans, not the stereotypes you hear about.” He added, “We have culture. We have beauty. We have history, and today we made history... She believed in her dreams.”
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