The gorgeous Lebanese-American Rima Fakih is the first Muslim Miss USA. Fakhi is an actress, model and also Miss USA 2010.
The graceful model cum actress represented Michigan in the pageant. Before participating in Miss USA 2010, she also won Miss Michigan USA.
Initially, Rima wanted to become a WWE Diva. The former Miss USA trained and competed in WWE Tough Enough (5th Season). However, she got eliminated in the 4th episode.
Born on 22nd September of 1985 in Srifa, South Governorate of Lebanon, the gorgeous Rima Fakih is in a Muslim family. Her parents are father Hussein Fakih and mother, Nadia Fakih. Fakih has four siblings. She has two brothers and two sisters.
During her childhood, the current model lived in Souk El-Gharb in Mount Lebanon. Souk El Gharb is a small village. However, in 1993, her family migrated to New York, USA as they did not want to be affected by Lebanese Civil War.
In New York, her father owned a restaurant. However, they again had to move to Dearborn, Michigan because the family felt threatened. The business was also not running properly.
Initially, Fakih went to St. Rita’s which is a Catholic School. However, after her family migrated to the USA, she attended St. John’s Preparatory School. Later, Fakhi moved to Dearborn and there, she attended Henry Ford Community College. There she earned her degree from the University of Michigan–Dearborn.
Initially, Rima worked at Detroit Medical Center as a sales associate.
Rima’s first pageant participation was when she was just 19-years-old. She participated in a preliminary pageant Miss Wayne County and also was the fourth runner-up. Later she also competed in 3 other pageants which were of international levels.
Later in the year 2008, Rima was selected for the Miss Lebanon Emigrant competition. In the contest, she was representing Michigan. The competition was held in Batroun, Lebanon and there, she came third.
Miss Michigan the USA
Next year in 2009, Rami also participated in the Miss Michigan USA. In 19th of September, she won the contest at McMorran Place Theater.
Miss USA 2010
Later in 2010, she participated in Miss USA representing Michigan. The organizers held the event in Las Vegas. She won the title on 16th May of 2010 becoming the first representative of Michigan to earn the title after Kenya Moore.
Fakih is also the first Muslim to win the title.
In the same year 2010, Fakhi represented the USA in Miss Universe pageant of 2010 as she won the Miss USA title. The event was held on 23rd of August in Las Vegas. However, she did not place as a semi-finalist.
During the event, she has some issues with promotional events, and she ended up not appearing in the live finale.
In other events
After the Miss Universe, Rima also showed up on WWE. At the event of King of the Ring on 29th November of 2010, she crowned the winner of the match who is Sheamus.
Later at the end of the same year, she made an appearance as an announcer in the announcer in theTribute to the Troops event.
On 24th May of 2011, the former Miss USA appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After her appearance, The Roots performed a song about her The Roots. Later she also got featured in film Real Steel.
|Birthdate||1985, September 22nd|
|Birth Place||Srifa, South Governorate, Lebanon|
|Profession||Model, Miss USA 2010, Actress|
|Mother’s Name||Nadia Fakih|
|Father’s Name||Hussein Fakih|
|Siblings||Rabih, Rami, Rana and Rouba Fakhi|
|Height||5’8″ (173 cm)|
|Weight||56 kg (123.5 lbs)|
|Body Measurement||33-25-37 in|
|Net Worth||$500 Thousand|
Relationships and Dating
In the year 2010, Rima was dating Doug Reinhardt who is a reality TV star.
Later she got married to Wassim “SAL” Slaiby who is a music producer on 15th May of 2016. She had her first child Rima W. Slaiby in 2017.
The former Miss USA has 220 thousand followers on Instagram along with 1.35 million on her Twitter.
Rima has a net asset of $500 thousand. She made the sum as a model, actress, and former Miss USA.
Rumors and Controversies
During her pageant days, the model has to go through a lot of hate as many claimed her as a non-Muslim. She was also considered a shame for her religion.
In 2016, she again got into controversies after changing her religion to a Christian. Furthermore, it was because she was getting married to her now husband Wassim “SAL” Slaiby.
Fakih also was arrested in December of 2011. She got arrested because she was drink driving resulting in a wrong impression. As by the time, she was already the participant of Miss Universe.