Rima Fakih is Miss USA 2010. She was Miss Michigan prior to that honor, and is believed to be the first Muslim-American Miss USA. Born in...

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Former Miss USA Rima Fakih got arrested for DUI the other night.

The 26-year-old, who became the first Miss USA of Arabian descent when she captured the crown in 2010, then managed to keep it despite controversy over some pole dancing pics, faces drunken driving charges after a weekend bust in Highland Park, Mich.

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Rima Fakih Tweeted Saturday: "Let's clear things up now. ... I'm NOT in Michigan and I'm NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih." But ... it sort of looks like that was the right Fakih.

The post has since been removed, and on Sunday her attorney Doraid Elder confirmed the arrest, noting that her record "has not a single blemish," other than this and that Rima is "very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she's in."

Police offered no additional details of the arrest.

The stunning beauty queen appeared to be in good spirits today however, Tweeting: "A long run always gets me energized! Its time to make football Sunday food."

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Stop us if you've heard this one, but Miss USA is under fire.

Rima Fakih is not in crown-losing trouble ... yet. But accusations of her "breaking the rules of conduct" have put The Tiara Patrol on high alert.

According to Fox News (of course), Fakih was suspected of sneaking out (of where, it's unclear) to party all night last week, then lying about it.

The Miss Universe Organization, which rules over its gorgeous winners with an iron fist, requested security tapes to see if a cover-up occurred.

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"There was one night last week where [Rima Fakih] had some interviews the next day," says Paula Shugart, the president of the ridiculous organization.

"First we thought she wasn't at the apartment (which she shares in NYC with Miss Universe), and someone was trying to get her to the interview."

"She was sound asleep, and looked like she'd been out all night."

Fakih did make the interviews, but her handlers are still asking about the security tapes, as this is "serious business," especially after Tara Conner.

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We're not sure we believe this piece of celebrity gossip, as the sources are particularly weak, but Paris Hilton has allegedly been bombarding her ex with phone calls.

Why? She's distraught over reports that Doug Reinhardt, whom she dated for 14 months, is now with Miss USA Rima Fakih, and she's determined to win him back.

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“Paris is furious,” a source supposedly close to Hilton said. “She was absolutely freaking out at the Cannes Film Festival when she heard Doug was talking to Rima."

"She’s been constantly contacting him and wants him back!”

However, the recurring player on The Hills is said to be shunning the ho because he is not interested in a reunion. “He is just so over it,” says the source of Doug.

Has Doug moved on from Paris ... with Miss USA Rima Fakih?!

We believe it ... but not necessarily the part about Paris' harassment. Despite her actions, Hilton recently said she loves being single and is “too busy” for love.

“I love it! I am having so much fun. A lot of guys have obviously hit on me and I am getting thousands of calls, but I’m not ready to be with anyone,” she said.

Thousands of calls.

“I want to stay focused on myself and my family and my work. Then, maybe in six months or a year ... but for right now, I’m just too busy for a relationship.”

As for Doug and Rima Fakih, we have no clue how he and the pole dancing champion would have met, or how we wouldn't have known about it if they had.

You never know, though.

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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?'"

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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.

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Miss USA Rima Fakih instantly became the center of controversy after she won the crown last weekend, thanks to some of her stripper pole champion photos.

That wasn't enough to get her title stripped, however, and her reign has begun. Much to the dismay of some critics upset about her Muslim/Arab background.

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While the contestant herself has spoken little about this, stressing that her family observes both Muslim and Christian holidays, others have been very vocal.

Daniel Pipes, who publishes a right-leaning blog on Middle Eastern affairs, pointed to a supposed "surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants."

While "they are all attractive," Pipes, a former board member of the U.S. Institute for Peace, said they "make me suspect an odd form of affirmative action."

Pipes didn't theorize how shadowy beauty-pageant fixers might be greasing the skids for Rima Fakih or contestants, but other political bloggers went further.

Did Miss USA Rima Fakih benefit from political correctness?

"Miss Hezbollah is now Miss USA," declared conservative radio talk show host Debbie Schlussel, saying Fakih's Lebanese relatives had ties to the terrorist group.

Schlussel also said Fakih received financial backing from Hezbollah supporter Imad Hamad and wrote her off to a "politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate."

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin saw a conspiracy, too - though generic rather than Muslim-specific this time. Malkin mocked Fakih as "gaffetastic."

While Fakih bungled her answer about birth control, runner-up Morgan Elizabeth Woolard of Oklahoma was asked for her views on Arizona's immigration law.

That question drew boos from the crowd before the judge - actor Oscar Nunez of The Office - could even finish getting it out, but Woolard handled it very well.

Still, Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson suggested that Woolard's conservative-leaning informed opinion cause the judges to exercise political correctness.

Is that why Fakih won the crown over a blonde from Oklahoma? She will keep her crown regardless, but the controversy continues to swirl regarding her victory.

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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.

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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.

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Years before she became the first Muslim-American to win the Miss USA crown, Rima Fakih won another prestigious title - "Stripper 101" pole dancing champion!

Back in 2007, the sexy, newly-minuted beauty pageant queen dominated a stripper contest for local Detroit radio morning show called Mojo in the Morning.

Forget the prizes won last night. Rima Fakih earned fabulous prizes for the stripper victory: "jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use."

Top that, Donald Trump!

In case Miss USA Rima Fakih needs a career to fall back on ...

But, lest we start thinking this ranks with Tara Conner and Carrie Prejean scandals in Miss USA lore, it's not even close. She was clothed during all pole riding.

Just the same, you can see the polished form she has, and the natural managed to walk away with a bra stuffed with dollar bills ... those are some nice tips!

Click to enlarge more pictures of Rima ... mostly pageant, not pole-related:

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Should Rima Fakih be allowed to keep her title?

 

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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.

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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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