Newly-crowned and newly-embattled Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih maintained her stripper pole dancing innocence Thursday in an interview on Fox & Friends.
"Have you ever done those pole dancing classes?" she asked the hosts. "That's what it was. My friend, a DJ at the station said, 'Why don't you get up there?'"
Rima Fakih, 24, became the first Muslim-American and second Arab-American to win the Miss USA crown Sunday, besting 49 beauties from across the U.S. of A.
Some have said that she is basically the politically correct Miss USA, as she didn't deserve to win on merit, but no matter. We're talking about stripper pole pics.
Less than 24 hours after she won, photos were released of Rima Fakih grinding during a "Stripper 101" contest for the Detroit radio show "Mojo In The Morning."
Rima Fakih says her stripper pole pics were not a big deal.
"A few pics were snapped, and, of course, they don't look the best angle as I normally [do]," she said of the photos, in which she wears a tank top, shorts and heels.
Although she did not remove any clothes, she was declared grand prize winner of the contest and won jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use.
"It wasn't pole dancing," she said. "It was more of a... promotional event."
It was pretty tame by comparison. In 2009, Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean was stripped of her Miss California title after some topless photos of her surfaced.
Should Rima Fakih be allowed to keep her crown?