For what is believed to be the first time in pageant history, an Arab-American was crowned Miss USA last night in Las Vegas
With two U.S. flags in front of the stage inside a Dearborn restaurant, Arab Americans cheered, danced, and sang into the night Sunday for Rima Fakih of Dearborn — crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas.
This is unbelievable," Rami Haddad, 26, of Livonia said Sunday night after the pageant. "It's a dream come true. I can't express my feelings."
Fakih, of Lebanese descent, went into the pageant as Miss Michigan. She is thought to be the first Arab American and Muslim to become Miss USA.
She won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.
Haddad was one of many supporters who gathered at La Pita in Dearborn, where Arab Americans were proud to see Fakih win."This is the real face of Arab Americans, not the stereotypes you hear about," said Zouheir Alawieh, 51, of Dearborn. "We have culture. We have beauty. We have history, and today we made history. … She believed in her dreams."