Looks like Rima Fakih has gotten herself into big trouble. You may remember that, in 2010, she became the first Miss Michigan to be crowned Miss USA since 1993, and the first Arab-American woman ever to win the crown.
On Saturday morning, Fakih, 26, was arrested in Michigan on suspicion of drunken driving.
According to Twitter, she was “enjoying a great weekend” with a friend, and yesterday her attorney, Doraid Elder, offered few details of the arrest except to say that Fakih is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she’s in right now.”
Fakih’s reign as Miss USA ended on June 19, but, just days beforehand, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart stated that Fakih didn’t follow pageant protocol, returning home at 4 a.m. one morning.
Soon after Shugart’s statement, Fakih said: “It’s not a big deal. I’m not a party animal; I took my job as Miss USA very seriously…Sometimes, of course, I want to let it all go. Even though I’m a beauty queen, you’re also an unofficial ambassador, and there’s a lot of pressure.”
Donald Trump, who purchased the Miss USA pageant in 1996, defended Rima Fakih on Fox and Friends this morning, calling her a “terrific person and wonderful girl.”
“She really did a great job as Miss USA,” Trump said. “I am very surprised to hear it. I’m very disappointed actually. I hope she’s fine.”
Rima has taken matters into her own hands by posting her email address on Twitter, explaining: “I’d rather talk to the media myself and clear up all the rumors.”
Wow, posting her email address on Twitter? Brave girl. Who knows what kind of lunatics will be trying to contact her now.
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