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Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., surprised many by winning the Miss USA 2010 pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday.

She strutted in an orange and gold bikini, wore a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and said health insurance should cover birth control.

Rima Fakih Bikini Picture

How'd she feel about winning the title? "Ask me after I've had a pizza."

The Queens, N.Y. native of Lebanese descent told pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths. She moved to Michigan in 2003.

Rima Fakih is believed to be the first Muslim-American Miss USA and the second Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA since it began way back in 1952.

Rima Fakih takes over the Miss USA title.

The stunner told reporters she sold her car after graduating from University of Michigan-Dearborn to pay for her run in the Miss Michigan USA pageant.

She said she believed she had the title on Sunday after glancing at pageant owner Donald Trump as she awaited the results with the first runner-up.

"That's the same look he gives them when he says, 'You're hired' on The Apprentice," she said. "She's a great girl," said Trump, who owns the pageant.

Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard was the first runner-up.

During the interview portion, which famously derailed Carrie Prejean last year, Fakih was asked if birth control should be paid for by health insurance.

Controversial question. She replied yes, saying “I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance.”

After winning, Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton, and will represent the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

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