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Quiz Miss USA 2010

June 2nd, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Rima Fakih worked three jobs before she created international headlines as the winner of Miss USA 2010.

The Lebanon-born beauty made history as the first Muslim to win the crown.

While many Arab Americans celebrated her victory, some Muslims claimed she did not properly represent the religion, opposed to her appearing in scant clothing.

Further controversy followed the publication of photographs of Rima taking part in a 2007 pole-dancing competition and her view that the proposed mosque near Ground Zero should be moved.

Throughout her year-long reign, Rima Fakih has challenged boundaries, even appearing on professional wrestling reality series Tough Enough.

As she prepares to hand over the Miss USA crown on June 19, here is your opportunity to ask Rima about her title, her future and the barriers she has broken.

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  1. chinaemerem

    hi baby ma name is chinaemerem i m form nigeria.i dnt hav much thing to say u are beuaitful ma father use to say he dat da crown fit let me wear it i lov u. Plz let me ask u for one thing plz send me a gitf when i look at it i will remember you thanks my via email is brotherlove60@yahoo.co.uk

    June 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  2. Kanu Offordile

    Now My question goes this way: Rima have you enjoyed support from your fellow Muslims or have you been segregated for being a beauty queen? Secondly, how has the support from your Immediate family been?

    Bronx, NY.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  3. Classic Dreams

    Congratulation....you are very nice!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  4. krish

    miss muslim rima , great job. keep it up n all the best for ur future career. Being a miss muslim in usa, what is ur prospective to uplift the muslim female status in the world?

    June 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  5. Tope

    I applaud ur courage! How many death threats did u get!? Please continue to be a good example.

    Tope from Nigeria

    June 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  6. Abdullahi Falalul

    Rima Fakih doesn't represent the true muslim woman by virtue of this indecent dressing she is in. In fact, we muslims are not proud of her neither are we of her accorlade.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  7. Dahiru Usman

    Am from Yola Nigeria i think you should stop deceiving us and yourself thinking you're a muslim, you're not you've just let them make use of you in other to violate Islam.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  8. Robert Ashiono

    HiRima chao go 4 it your hot never give up.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  9. wisam mrad

    أyes we can !!

    help lebanese people in motivation for saving our society of pollution and help poor people by openning educational centers for U.S embassy in lebanon


    June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  10. Robert Ashiono

    Rima your beatiful go for it,from kenya

    June 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  11. elsa idoko

    u r beautiful n i lv ur courage,u r my hero cos hence fort am longer sked 2 take a decision

    June 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  12. Mr Ifeanyi Ugwu-oju from Nigeria

    Miss Rima, sure you are beautiful and actually did the right thing by contesting, winning and reigning as it lasted. My concern is your religion and those that misinterprets the content like the so called Muslim fundamentalist who has been hunting for your head as sacrifice for the "sin"they think you must have committed. How are you going to cope with that especially after you must have handed over to the new queen?.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  13. Theophilus

    Young lady, What will be your target towards the youths?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  14. mercy nsa

    Don't u think u have gone against your faith and as such you stand a risk of being hurt?but for sure it would be on record that you are the first to go this far go girl

    June 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  15. Abdulhaq

    hello baby,, i'm from nigeria, i want say this crown you have won is not deserve you cos you left the teaching of islam and also disgrace the religion....you have to remember and fear allah, this world is nothing and will leave it in very short time....i wish allah to guide you into the right way,,,,ABDULHAQ ISAH MUHAMMAD

    June 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  16. Bems Mangale

    Assala alaik Rina!
    My question to you is: What massage do you have to the world for Muslim women especial those in Somali enguaged in assisting Piracing?

    June 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  17. Divine

    My name is DIVINE I am from Nigeria pls i will want you advise our muslim brothers on pagentry the last time we were to host the world they discourage with violence.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  18. Bijay Kumar Dhakal

    Success of Every man/woman behind no one there is only himself / herself. You have achieved a great achievement. Every women have the target to achieve THE MISS WORLD CROWN but the achieving by 1 from the entire world.If you have no guts to head the crown so why did you participate ?Because it could be won by other participator which was dream of some one.

    Mam! If you are sacrificing the crown after wining, this is the different matter but if your defeating from the some one pressure then this is the defeat for entire woman of the world.I do not want to say that win or defeat , I want to see choose your right to decide your self about you with self proud.The World want to see your decision not to other.........

    June 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  19. Idris jibrin

    Shame on her

    June 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  20. Micheal Jeremiah

    RHIMFAK u mak it...its an archievement,also u challenge nt only muslim bt ginger who also stays behind d bana wit no courage..
    cheers up baby..:-D

    June 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  21. kerifala.where the lady was born

    am kerifala i really want to know wherer d girl was born ,what is d year she won d award, is that beauty contest she won? Am afraid plz

    June 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  22. Name*maxwell n.d.

    hi dearly, wish u' d best of success in life nomatter ur religion. how do u feel & wat are ur challenges as a musilm in ur fashion world & as usa most beautiful? i say more kudos 2 you.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  23. Yaqub A Adams

    Well, one year as Miss US, I dont know much about you, but i know you have aim(s) of taking part apart from winning the contest. What are they? Have you achieved? Do you ever remember making impact on the religion you claimed to be practicing? Do you ever remember that your creator will asked you about this? Pls i need answers.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  24. chinedu iregbu

    Thanks be to GOD for your endowments. flaunt it if you have it as they would always say. you are beautiful and thats incontestable.kudos. i want to believe your muslim brothers are happy for you inwardly though they dare not voice it out in the open because of their belief. what if in the coming days one muslim leader rises up to pronounce FATWA on you? would you renounce your faith ? or what would you do?

    June 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  25. Rowena Idiagi

    Hi,girl u re good.raise ur head high always. 4rm Nigeria

    June 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  26. Miguel Mandama

    1, does rima considers hrself as a muslim or an american or both? If both which comes first?
    2. Frm which argument of the Holy book frm a religion she believs allow her to participate in such contests?

    June 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  27. Hajra Saleem

    What has miss Rima achieved since she became miss USA besides being a Muslim and getting some publicity? being Muslim is not an issue, its the achievements which people see and remember. Do you CNN always mention all your anchor as this is mr so n so 'the christian host' or 'mr so n so the Jew host?? why Miss Rima is always mentioned as 'muslim' model? you can call her Arab American right??like African Americans for black people? My point is, you are making it as it is a major news but believe me its nothing, no one cares in Arab world or any where else.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  28. yasmin

    hi my name is yasmin from Nigeria. my question for Rima is that does she truely believe she showcased herself properly without stepping out of the boundaries of her religion? if so how please? thank you.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:46 am | Reply
  29. Dr okoli solomon

    Ur truely amazing rima,i tink u av dimistify d radical views of islam,ur in deed a light to ur religeon,so wot next after dis marriage?

    June 4, 2011 at 6:45 am | Reply

    Pls is it true that you are muslim bcos all d people i av been meeting n hearing abt America are christain pls xplain better One Luv.Religion of peace (ISLAM)

    June 4, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
  31. teslim

    hi, you've made history are u fufilled?wishing u all the best in your future carrier

    June 4, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
  32. Husseini Lenyol

    Rima i am not happy for you, because of your dressing, pls can you change or hand-over all these stupids award...?

    June 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  33. Abba Ibrahim

    Hmm... you're beautiful, kind i think, gentle may be... can you pls stop all haram?

    June 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  34. Abba Ibrahim

    Hmm...i am not sure u are truly muslim

    June 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  35. Majed

    LMAO at the Nigerian comment XD

    June 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  36. Don Pius

    Lady u rilly deserve dat crown as a virtuous woman worthy of a great honor, my heart joy for u bcos u are a pride 2 womanhood, many more re yet 2 come as u ascend 2 greater heights of glory in life, ur future the world is waitin 4.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:02 am | Reply
  37. Temi

    Reading about you I know you are not a fanatical Muslim. I'm proud of you. How are you going to cope with the Muslim extremist when you hand over the crown? Temi Lagos Nigeria

    June 5, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  38. Engr. Audu

    Hi beauty, for me is jst congrats. May God be with u as u prepare 2 handover. Weldone!

    June 5, 2011 at 8:49 am | Reply

    What are your perspectives towards the growth of islamic religion in the world?

    June 5, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
  40. Maria

    Hi Rima I just wanted to say that you are lovely and seem like a wonderful person. I was wondering which celebrity do you admire other than Ricky of course.

    June 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  41. JOSHUA .A.A


    June 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  42. Cornelius ofoegbu.

    What was the reaction from your country and from the muslim community,knowing fully well that the Nigerian muslims caused alot of trouble,protested when it was to be held in Nigeria,or, Are is your muslim different from Nigerian muslim?

    June 6, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
  43. Victor stephen

    Hey u're truely a lebanon-born beauty an datz impresive infact u're a damsel,but pls before leaving,try and reconcile with everyone even those u've conflicted with when u where still on throne so that ur future'll be a bright one allthrough."i congratulate u again for such impressive record u broked!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  44. Rajabu ngalai

    Hi Rima am from Tanzania my name is Rajabu ngalai and my Quiz is are u follow all muslim rules coz i expect u are not wear (baibui) on u ar head?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply


    June 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  46. Unhappy

    She shouldnt have won the crown. She isn't a true american!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  47. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Rima Fakih and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Rima Fakih on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve Lebanon and its Allies?

    – Why should the proposed mosque near Ground Zero be removed?

    – How will you Improve the Pole-dancing Industry?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting Rima Fakih’s replies.
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    June 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  48. Chibuike Onwumere Temple

    Hello Rimah,i Chibuike Onwumere Temple.I am a Nigerian.Muslim or Christianity,he who the crown fits let him wear.helloguychiboy@yahoo.com 2348039316984.Racizm is bad.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  49. Super-grine

    Things are soo much fallapart but that w

    June 9, 2011 at 8:46 am | Reply
  50. kayla

    R U LOST UR MIND rima ???

    June 10, 2011 at 6:26 am | Reply

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