On the subject of identity, she was quoted as saying "I'd like to say I'm American first, and I am an Arab-American, I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American." but some Muslims felt she did not properly represent their religion. Responding to the issue in interviews, Fakih said she and her family are Muslims and respect the religion, but they may not be as strict as many people and do not define themselves by their religion; they view themselves as more "spiritual" than "religious" and appreciate all religions.
Shia scholar Ghazal Omid wrote "To say that she is a Muslim is inaccurate. Her religion and role in the pageant were further put under the microscope two weeks after being crowned, when photos surfaced of Fakih participating in a "Stripper 101" contest hosted by Detroit radio morning show Mojo in the Morning.
'I was so disgusted that I would wear this skin of this living being on my body and consider myself beautiful,' Finnessey said.
'What would happen if that happened to a human being?
She graduated from Henry Ford Community College and went on to earn degrees in economics and business management from the University of Michigan–Dearborn, and announced she planned to attend law school after her year-long reign.Fakih was born in Srifa, a small city in the Jabal Amel region of Southern Lebanon, to a Shi'a Muslim family.She is the daughter of Hussein and Nadia Fakih, and has four siblings, brothers Rabih and Rami, and sisters Rana and Rouba.We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion." As holder of the Miss USA title, Fakih represented the United States in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on August 23.Fakih did not place as a semi-finalist and was the first Miss USA since Shauntay Hinton, Miss USA 2002, to not place at the Miss Universe pageant.Rima and her three elder siblings were born in Lebanon, but the youngest, Rami was born in New York.As a young child she lived in the village of Souk El Gharb in Mount Lebanon, and attended St. In New York, Fakih's family felt they were subjected to threats and vandalism based on events in the Middle East.In 2016, Fakih converted to Christianity from Shia Islam, and married Lebanese-Canadian music producer Wassim Slaiby known as Tony Sal.In 2018, Fakih became the National Director for Miss Universe Lebanon.In 2017, the couple had their first child, Rima, a daughter. A recent post online announcing this year’s winner garnered negative comments ranging from words like hypocritical, demeaning, outdated, and sexist. What is the difference between Miss America and Miss USA?