May 16, 2010, The 59th Miss USA pageant was held once again at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Miss Michigan, 24-year-old Rima Fakih, from Dearborn, Michigan was crowned the new Miss USA. Born in Lebanon, she emigrated with her parents to the U.S. as a baby. She was raised in New York and attended a Catholic school.
Contestants are required to be at least 18 and not yet 27 years old. Each contestant from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The winner of the Miss USA contest goes on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.
The Miss U.S.A. pageant, co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino last night.
Miss Fakih competed against 50 others in the swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.
She Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless gown because of the length of its train – but managed to recover.
In the interview, Miss Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance.
She said believed it should as it is expensive. ‘I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,’ she said.
Last night supporters at La Pita in Dearborn were ecstatic.
The Miss USA prize package includes a custom diamond tiara (which Ms. Fakih received at the end of the night from her Miss USA predecessor, Karen Dalton), a modeling portfolio shot by the same photographer responsible for the racy contestant photos, and a one year scholarship from the New York Film Academy. The winner is expected to represent sponsors and charities during her reign.
Ms. Fakih will also represent the United States during the next international Miss Universe pageant. She could be up against another Muslim at the competition — Yemeni-Canadian Maria Al-Masani. Ms. Al-Masani, however, plans to cover up with a sari during the swimsuit segment when she competes at at Miss Universe Canada this summer.
First Runner Up:
Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, will assume the duties of MISS USA 2010 if the titleholder is named MISS UNIVERSE 2010 or if for some reason MISS USA cannot fulfill her duties.
Second Runner Up:
Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
Rest of Top Five:
Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier
Rest of Top Ten:
Miss California USA, Nicole Michele Johnson
Miss Tennessee USA, Tucker Perry
Miss Missouri USA, Ashley Strohmier
Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore
Miss Mississippi USA, Breanne Ponder
Rest of Top Fifteen:
Miss Arkansas USA, Adrielle Churchill
Miss Kansas USA, Bethany Gerber
Miss Wyoming USA, Claire Schreiner
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Gina Cerilli
Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright
MISS PHOTOGENIC USA Award: Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore. The general public voted on www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.
MISS CONGENIALITY USA Award: Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.
The MISS USA 2010 prize package includes: a custom diamond tiara and jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus Labs; a shoe wardrobe from Nina Footwear; a one year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder; a collection of fashion-fresh Heys USA luggage; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss USA; personal services including membership toGravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; year long consultation with a fashion stylist and access to a personal appearance wardrobe and the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant this summer in Las Vegas.
The MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda’s Club.
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