Rima Fakih to Retain Miss USA Title Despite Stripper Pole Controversy

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Hallelujah. Rima Fakih, who was just crowned Miss USA 2010, will strut on with her crown, despite revelations that she strutted her stuff on a stripper pole.

Rima Fakih participated in - and won! - a "Stripper 101" radio contest a few years back. A Detroit radio show sponsored the exotic dance contest in 2007.

Rima Fakih Bikini Picture

The Miss USA 2010 winner will go ahead with her planned media tour soon. Fakih, 24, the Miss Michigan title holder, is currently receiving media training.

Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe pageant, the parent organization of Miss USA, is not expected to comment on the contest flap ... for a change.

In the past, he's been vocal about his controversial beauty queens, including ex-Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean and Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner.

Rima Fakih won the title as the USA's most beautiful woman Sunday in Las Vegas. But afterward, pictures of Fakih in a tiara soon gave way to ones of her on the pole.

Not to say Fakih's handlers didn't look into the stripper pole photos.

"The Miss Universe representatives called earlier today," a radio station rep told ABC News. "They wanted to see if we have more photos or information."

"They couldn't tell us what their intentions were and we absolutely didn't want to give them anything that might cause her to relinquish her crown."

The show's co-host called the flap "ridiculous" as "she's wearing more clothes in the photos on our site than she was in those photos for the pageant."

Hard to argue with that.

He said the contest was run by actual strippers, but contestants did not strip. "They're not naked. They're encouraged to wear comfortable clothes."

As champion of the pole, won some jewelry from the show's sponsors and a take-home stripper pole. Hardly enough to lose a Miss USA title over.

Does Rima Fakih deserve to remain Miss USA?


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No they don't care about morals, just a pretty face with no brains.


Hey, they let that religous chick keep her crown, so why not let Rima. Apparently, they are not interested in women with morals.


Take the crown away, we need perfectly pure, never photographed, never danced, virgin pagent winners, right ? this is stupid


Yes, she deserves to retain the title. We are all humans & noone is perfect, so let's not be hypocrites.She is wearing more clothes,which is a blouse & shorts here! not even a bikini! (which all Ms USA contestants wore during the competition). She is the prettiest of them all, she may just win the Miss Universe for the United States. It has been a long time that we had one.