Miss USA winner Rima Fakih is under fire after it was revealed she was working a stripper’s pole at a gentlemen’s club.
While the new Miss USA, Rima Fakih, is not the first Arab-American to win that pageant — Julie Hayek was the first in 1983 — the former Miss Michigan is reportedly getting pressure from a number of Arab-American organizations to “step up” and defend their often-maligned population in the United States.
A close associate of Fakih’s from the Miss Universe/Miss USA organization said Monday, “There have been several calls to Rima, asking her to get involved, or at least put out a statement. … However, she is not inclined to do that. It smacks of being too political for her.”
• But Fakih has bigger problems to worry about. While at this point it does not appear her title is in danger of being snatched away, pageant officials were upset to see newly circulated video and photos of Fakih winning a pole-dancing contest in 2007.
The event had been staged by a popular Detroit radio station’s morning show, “Mojo in the Morning.” Even pageant owner Donald Trump reportedly was “furious … really ticked off” when he learned about it.
“This is not a good image issue for Miss USA,” added a pageant insider Monday.