Media reports are labeling it a “scandal” that newly crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih won a 2007 contest by WKQI-FM Detroit’s “Mojo In The Morning” show. Photos are now circulating on the Internet of her victory in the “Stripper 101” contest.
Mojo says the photos have been on the Clear Channel station’s website for the past three years, following Fakih’s victory in the pole dancing competition.
“Mojo In The Morning fully supports Rima Fakih as she represents Detroit and America in the Miss Universe contest… The radio show will not entertain requests to drag her name through the mud,” the morning host said on the Channel 95.5 website. Mojo also said that the station will not release any more photos from the 2007 event. Mojo told TMZ.com that Fakih won some “adult toys” and a stripper pole of her very own as the victor in the 2007 radio contest. “She didn’t take off any clothes,” he noted.
Fakih later was crowned Miss Michigan and went to last weekend’s pageant in Las Vegas, televised on NBC, in which she won the Miss USA crown. Unless she is stripped of the crown, she will go on to represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant. Mojo is staunchly defending her. “It would be foolish to consider anyone other than Rima to represent the USA. The photos taken from our website are no more provocative than those on the Miss USA website,” he said.
Fakih’s selection made history for the pageant as she is the first Arab-American to win the Miss USA title. Records are sketchy, but she may also be the first immigrant to win the title. She was born in Lebanon. Her family moved to the US when she was six or seven years old.
RBR-TVBR observation: Come on now, she was wearing more while doing the pole dance than contestants wear in the swimsuit phase of a pageant. So far Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA Pageant along with NBC Universal, is standing by her – and well he should. Fakih was just having some innocent fun playing a radio show game whose title was a lot more racy than the actual event.