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Miss USA won 'Stripper 101' competition
The first Muslim woman to win the title of Miss USA has become embroiled in controversy after it transpired she took part in a pole dancing competition at a strip club in Detroit.
Nick Allen in Los Angeles
Published: 10:50AM BST 18 May 2010
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Newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih participates in 'Mojo In the Morning Show' annual 'Stripper 101' event in 2007 in Detroit Photo: AP
Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 by Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009 Photo: AP
Less than 24 hours after her victory pictures emerged of Rima Fakih, 24, dancing next to a pole wearing red hot pants and a tank top, One photograph showed her with dollar bills stuffed into her bra.
The "Stripper 101" contest took place in 2007 and was sponsored by a Detroitradio show called Mojo in the Morning.
- The contest was run by strippers but Miss Fakih and other contestants did not remove their clothes.
A representative for the radio show said the pageant had been in contact and asked for any further information or photographs.
Miss Fakih won the "Stripper 101" contest at the Coliseum gentleman's club and her prizes included a stripper pole.
DJ Spike, co-host of the radio show, said it would be "ridiculous" to take away her Miss USA crown.
He said Miss Fakih had worn more clothes than in publicity photographs for the Miss USA pageant.
Miss Fakih was born in Lebanon but moved to the United States at the age of three.
She represented Michigan in the Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas.