Scenes From Miss USA Pageant 2010

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih takes the crown in Las Vegas!

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    Rima Fakih: Miss USA 2010

    Miss Michigan Rima Fakih is crowned Miss USA during the 2010 pageant, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on May 16. 23 year-old Fakih, a Lebanese American, became the second Arab-American winner (after Julie Hayek in 1983).  More than 250 million viewers witnessed the momentous crowning on NBC live telecast. Click through for more photos of the event. (REUTERS)
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    Donald Trump meets the Miss USA contestants during rehearsal in on May 15, 2010. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    From left, Samantha Casey, Miss Virginia USA 2010; Tracy Turnure, Miss Washington USA 2010; Erica Jade Goldsmith, Miss West Virginia USA 2010; Courtney Lopez, Miss Wisconsin USA 2010; and Claire Schreiner, Miss Wyoming USA 2010, try to stay warm before the official Miss USA 2010 official swimsuit photo at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 6, 2010. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    Katherine Anna Connors, Miss Iowa USA 2010, right, tries to stay warm as she stands with other contestants prior to posing for the official Miss USA 2010 official swimsuit photo. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    The 51 contestants competing for the title of Miss USA 2010 pose for the official swimsuit photo at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on May 6. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    Gina Cerilli, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2010 gets her hair and makeup perfected before stepping on stage. Each contestant was judged in three categories: individual interview, swimsuit competition and evening gown competition. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    Miss Mississippi Breanne Ponder and Miss West Virginia Erica Jade Goldsmith have their hair prior touched up once more before stepping on stage. (Miss Universe Organization)
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    The ladies perform in a group number during the pageant. (AP)
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    Rima rocks an orange and gold bikini in the swimsuit portion of the pageant. (REUTERS)
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    Miss New Mexico struts her stuff. (AP)
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    Country star Trace Adkins takes the stage. (REUTERS)
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    Hartman competes in a sparkly gown. (AP)
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    Finalists Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, left, Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, Miss Colorado Jessica Hartman and Miss Virgina Samantha Evelyn Casey react as Hartman is named third runner-up (AP)
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    Miss Michigan Rima Fakih (R) stands with Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard as they wait for the judges' decision. Fakih was crowned Miss USA 2010, with Woolard deemed first runner-up. (REUTERS)
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    Rima Fakih Crowned Miss USA

    During Rima's interview portion, she was asked about her opinion on birth control and health insurance. She supported the idea that birth control costs should be covered by insurance. Her poise, composure, and of course, beauty secured the crown. (AP)
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    Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton Passes the Crown to Rima Fakih

    Last year's winner crowns the new Miss USA, Rima Fakih. (REUTERS)
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