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Miss USA 2010

Champion Pole Dancer

5/17/2010 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rima Fakih was a big winner wayyyyy before she took the crown for Miss USA 2010 last night -- the 24-year-old beauty queen is a former "Stripper 101" pole dancing champion!

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Back in 2007, the sexy pageant queen won a stripper contest for local Detroit radio morning show  Mojo in the Morning.

We're told Fakih earned some fabulous prizes for the victory -- which included "jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use."

And despite the fact that she kept her clothes on during the pole riding, she still managed to walk away with a bra stuffed with dollar bills!

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151.

Sharmayla    

Ewww - her upper thighs look freaky - like she didn't do a very good job at hair removal.

1565 days ago
152.

John    

I choose both! Now go look in a mirror!!!

1565 days ago
153.

nerd    

sounds to me christian americans are jealous n hating that a beautiful arab american won shes clothed big deal

1565 days ago
154.

nerd    

why do people have to go racial miss michigan was hotter then all those christian skanks atleast she wasnt posin nude or makin a porn christians are so ignorant go molest some little alter boys u never hear arab priests doin that **** christian religion is so corrupt all politics u never see a 14 15 16 year old arab girl pregnannt

1565 days ago
155.

Leonard Blackman    

She is not beautiful enough to be miss USA.
She is not Talented enough to be miss USA.
And the worst she is a Muslim Arab, not even born here.
I wounder if this also was a political decision.
I wounder if the pageant people thought about how she would represent her self to the world, as American or an Arab Muslim?
Did any one think about asking her opinion about the terrorist group hizballah?
(she is from that area and beliefs)

1565 days ago
156.

Denise504    

SURELY these pagents should be boycotted from every DECENT home.. I myself refuse to watch most of them, surely there are scandals to follow from the winner to the loosers.. What ever happened to BACKGROUND checks PRIOR to allowing them to be accepted.. I guess with the TRUMP the more scandals the more he and his SLEEZY show will remain in the media for GOSSIP, therefore he LOVE IT. Miss America, Ms Universe, Ms USA, all these Pagents should have went OUT with the ROMANS, LIKE years AGO.

1565 days ago
157.

Ray    

I dont give damn what ANY of you people say, She is FINE AS HELL and I like everything about her. Pole Dancing and all!!!!!

1565 days ago
158.

kontry    

nobody cares ther's more important stuff going on in the world right now........ps i would love to be that pole right now lol

1565 days ago
159.

bgs    

This pagent has become a joke! They can't seem to find wholesome girls anymore. Do they bother to check these girls out? TMZ surely found something in a very short period of time! Maybe TMZ should be hired to check out each of the girls before they it the runway. I think they final girls should be put in the soundproof booth and every girl answer the same question. Either that or don't ask ANY of them a political correct questions.

1565 days ago
160.

KAM    

SHE IS NOT AMERICAN BORN JUST LIKE BOZO OBAMA...WHY ARE WE LETTING FOREIGNERS TAKE AWAY OUR AMERICAN RIGHTS ALL THE TIME???
Didn't the pagaent look into this??? She could run for Miss Universe NOT Miss America. What was Trump thinking??? JMO

1565 days ago
161.

You Betcha    

Carrie Prejean would have sued for $20 million by now.

1565 days ago
162.

Andy    

It's sad when any organization that calls themselves news is willing to aid in spoiling of a woman's hard work into becoming a role, that in a lot of circles is considered a big deal by trying t0o throw mud on it. I would like to see so called news agencies to do the respectful thing and maybe buy these pics say they will release them but just hold them and let her have her damn moment. Instead of taking a stand against those that would try to throw a monkey wrench in the works for this lovely women. The agencies like TMZ seem to think that they earn the right to ooz out any dirt on a person, even if what ever act is done may be innocent fun, but will try to make it dirty with a title of "stripper 101" as their BIG headline for the story. OOOh and then add later on that it was actually just a pole dancing contest, did she take of any clothes? was she a freaking dancer at that club? nobody really knows and the pics don't show it.
Here it should be just news about what a great accomplishment this girl has made for her community. but i guess we are still on the bashing Arab accomplishment band wagon. She DIDN'T take off her clothes and you make it sound like that is still shameful. no sirs and mams what you do is shameful. people like you lead to the death of princess Diana. you fuel the machine that knows they can make money off of pictures such as those. it doesn't change that she is beautiful and as far as we know hasn't STRIPED down any further then a bikini. This may fall on deaf ears, but hopefully some one sees it and trys to reevaluate their status and what kind of effect they have on peoples lives. Hope the suffering you cause is worth the money you paid and received for all this trash you started

1565 days ago
163.

John    

To post #162...Wow you really made me LMFAO! Now, exactly what right did they take away from you because she won and she wasnt born here? Please tell us. Dont worry, you still have the right to be stupid, and you take full advantage of it, dont you! Wowwww!!!!

1565 days ago
164.

Vanessa Bee    

TMZ is trying to make a story out of nothing.
She is not a pole dancer!
Here are the facts and a quotes taken from an interview with Mojo (disc jockey for the radio station that put on the classes/contest which Rima Fakih participated in -- the Detroit News May 17, 2010:



"In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Mojo told The Detroit News the station has had the Stripper 101 contest for seven years.




"The classes and contests are for women only. The classes and contest are held in the morning and the club was closed."




The contest that Fakih participated in was held at the Detroit strip club called Coliseum, says Mojo.




He added that many of his listeners are women and they are curious about how to dance and what happens in these clubs that men frequent.




"The classes are a way for women to enhance their love lives, not to make a person into a dancer. The women learn how to spice up their life," Mojo says. "Women who are doctors and lawyers have attended these classes. I don't think it's a bad thing."



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Now, I must respond to one of the comments that caught my attention:




#69. "Shes a disgrace to all that is Michigan Muslim---the largest stronghold of Muslims from the Mideast is in Detroit and its suburbs of Michigan. Its like walking into the Mideast itself sometimes, and this little mooshka has shamed her daddy and family beyond belief---that much you can take to the bank. Muslim girls dont do what she's done, and by most standards she hasnt been that bad, but in her faith she is as hated as most of us are."



"Muslim girls don't do what she's done etc..." ??




Really, you know that is total bull**** right? I grew up with a lot Muslim female friends who were very wild, unashamed of their bodies and very promiscuous. They just hid it better from their families but that can be said for a lot of young women who grew up in strict ethnic households regardless of religion (i.e. Greek, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian girls etc.). Expectations for supposed/imposed "proper" behaviour in ethnic circles is very common because you are taught not to shame the family. These codes of behaviour within an ethnic/religious group are not exclusive to Muslim people.



If you live in and around Detroit,MI. (surrounding cities such as Dearborn, Troy etc.) have you seen what many Middle Eastern Muslim women wear? I have and many dress very provocatively, much more provocatively than Rima Fakih in these photos. Countless times I have seen young Muslim women dressed in quite a contrasting manner, with a modest headscarf but then below the neck they are decked out in cleavage baring tight sparkly tops, and extremely tight pants or jeans, and stipper like platform heels.



Muslim women are like all other women, human. The are not superior nor inferior to any other women in terms of their morality or behaviour.



Rima Fakih is a beautiful young woman. I wish her all the best with her career and hope that narrow minded and hypocritical people don't affect her career, opportunities and life.

1565 days ago
165.

gonzo ganoid    

I love all the hate in this country. Obviously no one remembers the hate this country shown on US Combat vets coming back from NAM. We were spit on called baby killers and all the while the morons were smoking dope and raping women in this country. WHY is it so important that she is muslim? WHO the heck cares? all the bigots on both sides of the controversy and I WONDERED how long before a rush or hannady supporter would spew OBAMA hate. Truth is you are the traitors for spewing that hate against a US SITTING President whether you like him or not. If it weren't for that FREE Speech you so enjoy you would be in prison for what you say. Many countries would execute you for treason. I would ber happy to pull the trigger. You don't like it here? GTFO we don't need you . ALL of you were aliens at one time, we are so quick to say this is OUR country but it wasn't our ancestors STOLE it from the only TRUE americans.so get off your soapbox moronish hate spewers and wipe your rears with OUR flag when you leave the REST of us will welcome LEGAL aliens as we always have...



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