The 24-year-old Arab American won the pageant, which was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant, related to pageant organizers her family celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths. After moving to the United States as a baby, she was raised in New York, then moved to Michigan in 2003.
She said she believed she had the title on Sunday after glancing at pageant owner Donald Trump as she awaited the results with the first runner-up, Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard. “That’s the same look that he gives them when he says, ‘You’re hired,”‘ on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” she said. “She’s a great girl,” said Trump, who owns the pageant with NBC in a joint venture.
Miss Nebraska USA Belinda Renee Wright won the Miss Congeniality award, and Miss Alabama USA Audrey Moore won Miss Photogenic after an online fan vote.