Leave it to the Donald to make Miss USA sexier, cattier and more controversial: thisyear’s crowned queen is Ms. Rima Fakih, an Arab-American beauty from Michigan who snatched the crown despite tripping on the train of her gown during the competition. It was also discovered this week that Ms. Fakih has a penchant for poll dancing.
This year’s parade of glamour girls took place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Among the famous judge’s were Paula Dean, Melania Trump, Johnny Weir and Oscar Nunez, from The Office.
Ms. Fakih’s succeeds Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and will represent the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant on August 23 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas. She also was awarded a one-year lease of a New York apartment, living expenses paid, an undisclosed salary, and exclusive use of the famous eco-friendly diamond Miss USA crown worth over $200,000.
The official Diamond Nexus Labs crown features nearly 2,000 flawless gemstones, arrayed for a stunning weight of 166.82 carats, set in 325 grams of gold and platinum. Fifty-one jewels adorn the magnificent oval centerpiece, designed to celebrate each of the women competing to become Miss USA 2010.
Four full-time designers and their teams spent more than 1,800 hours to bring the crown to life in 2009. All of the gems were lab made, using an environmentally friendly process with no toxic byproducts or pollutants.