Rima Fakih is Gorgeous; That is All – UPDATED

The Miss America Pageant, and a few others, like to say that they are all about showcasing talent and poise for the purpose of awarding scholarships. Fine. Preserving polite fiction is part of what makes society run.

The Miss USA Pageant has never voiced a pretension to higher thought–it is a celebration of the superficial–so it is a bit odd that for the second year in a row, a pageant judge has asked a rather deep question with an apparent expectation of a deep response.

The new Miss USA is Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan, and she is drop-dead gorgeous.

(Isaac Brekken/AP)

She may not be the smartest thing on two legs, but she is not supposed to be an intellectual. Think of the intellectuals you know or have read, and ask yourself if you want any of them to be your Miss USA.

Miss USA is supposed to be heart-stoppingly beautiful, and that is all; that Fakih certainly is.

Moreover, she is a testament to the fast-fading notion that in America, every avenue of opportunity is wide-open for every sort of person with a dream.

Some are declaring that Fakih won the contest because of politics, because the judges disliked another contestant’s answer on the recent Arizona immigration statutes. I suppose that’s possible.

It is also possible that the judges simply thought Fakih more naturally, and exotically beautiful than the rather over-produced-unto-softporn-looking Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, whose answer to the question, it must be said, seemed to strive for something like balance.

Donald Trump, who owns the pageant
, is likely not bothered by these political questions; there is no such thing as bad publicity, after all, but the superficiality of the event itself, and its time constraints, only serve to cheapen questions that are deserving of weighty consideration. These crash-test Q & A’s only speed up America’s devolution into the “I hate this; I love that and I can’t tell you why” factions that are weakening public discourse and further balkanizing a nation already under heavy strain.

To those who are already half-crazed with paranoia and beholden to complicated conspiracy theories, this stuff is manna. But not the heavenly kind.

I am not sure how a beautiful Muslim woman strutting before millions in a bikini (or tripping in a low-cut evening gown) is going to somehow please those religious fundamentalists devoted to hijab. Rather than accuse Rima Fakih of serving Shari’a, perhaps we should be worried that she will be marked for destruction by those who would kill a daughter for the dishonorable action of having been raped.

Or, who knows, perhaps Miss Fakih’s victory will help Muslims feel more mainstreamed, and less marginalized in a way that helps them identify with America. Wouldn’t that be a kick? If the most superficial of events, a beauty pageant, brings diplomatic progress?

Who needs “smart” diplomacy? Bring on the pretty girls!

Howie at Jawa Report, thinking along the same lines, writes: “…give it time, time for her bronze hotness to work its magic on the Arab mind.”

I think he’s thinking along the same lines, anyway. Don’t go there if the pole dancing offends.

Popehat smacksdown the conspiracy theorists, quite rightly:

The terrorists have succeeded, at least to some extent, in marginalizing the culturally superior elements of American society — bravery, fairness, open-mindedness, tolerance, and devotion to liberty and equality. They have also succeeded, in turn, in empowering and mainstreaming all that is willfully ignorant, bigoted, ineffectually fearful, and totalitarian in the dark recesses of the American psyche.

Well, but lets be fair. It didn’t take terrorism to do that. Just one Debacle of an Election, ‘way back in 2000, which is still resonating among us, throughout the political spectrum. Many decrying rightwing paranoia today are the same ones who were declaring, in 2007, that George W. Bush would steal your automobiles, install martial law and disallow elections.

America is in the midst of a psychotic breakdown, and it seems she wants to have part of it on the backs of a bunch of women who, like Fakih, Miss Woolard and Carrie Prejean, just want to feel like a princess, be treated like a queen, get some modeling gigs, make some money and then perhaps anchor the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Can’t we give the girls a break?

Sissy Willis looks at the post above this one and says Yay, America, let’s give ALL the girls a break!

UPDATE: Saudi woman beats up virtue cop

Also writing:
Jonathan Turley
Radley Balko, for Instapundit

Freedom of the Press Act; No Questions, Please
Carrie Prejean; Cautionary Tale for Christians

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  • http://lowlytuber.blogspot.com tim maguire

    I think she’d be a lot hotter if she put on 10 lbs, but that’s just me. My first response is to wonder if she has put herself at risk. Any shenanigans a la Carrie Prejean are a distint second.

    America isn’t in the midst of a psychotic breakdown, it’s in the midst of a revival. Not religious this time, but a revival all the same. We used to have them every couple of generations. We’re clearly overdue.

  • HeatherRadish

    I think she’d be a lot hotter if she put on 10 lbs, but that’s just me.

    Not just you. She looks unhealthy. But that’s what TV calls “beauty” these days…

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  • Mizz E

    I’d like to add a bit of balance to ‘gorgeous, that is all.’ Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society says that “the WORSE a non-Western group behaves, the MORE we favor them.” Daniel Pipes says that the frequency of Muslims winning beauty contests makes him suspect affirmative action.

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  • Mom of 4

    Two comments:

    1) she’s way too thin
    2) she was falling out of her gown

    I’m a little disappointed that our Anchoress would fall for such a worldly notion of “beauty”.

    [That's three comments! ;-) I hope I can see both interior and exterior beauty as much as possible, in all things; it's what I strive to do. Otherwise, my nature would become much too cynical and judgmental! -admin]

  • Anne B.

    Definitely, needs some more meat on the bones.

    Pretty face though, and gorgeous hair.

  • Pammie

    Are we assuming she’s muslim or do we know that for a fact?

    [Says here that she is. -admin]

  • IAmDagny

    Archoress – SHE’S CATHOLIC. Which makes the answer she gave about covering the pill all the more disgusting. But, having said that, she is a pretty gal, I wish her the best, and I have no desire whatsoever to saw her head off with a rusty scimitar. I guess I’m just “lukewarm”, huh?

    [This article says she is Muslim and other articles are saying she is, somehow, "both" Muslim and Christian. My understanding is that, like many Muslims in America (and Europe), she attended a Catholic school. But as anyone can tell you, a school does not a Catholic make! :-) A mystery, it seems. -admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Miss Fakih, and her family, support Hizbollah.

    There is nothing “gorgeous” about this.

  • newguy40

    Anchoress said… rather over-produced-unto-softporn-looking Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.


    Why are blondes so often times despised and prejudged? :)

  • Andrew B

    I am torn. The reptile part of my brain says “Mmmm, pretty lady!”

    The rest of me says, cynically and a bit sadly, “Of COURSE a Muslim won this year. That’s one they can check off the list. Perhaps next year it can be an atheist. Or an illegal alien.”

    I wish I didn’t have these thoughts. I wish I could just admire a gorgeous woman.

    Oh well, I guess those days are gone.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Andrew, yes, the reptile part of your brain says, “mmmm, pretty lady.” And that’s what many are hoping the public will do! Just admire the gorgeous woman and don’t look at her background, or her backers too closely.

    I wonder. . . If, say, the MSA had chosen someone as pretty as Miss Fakeh to face David Horowitz, instead of the chubby, pale little creature they did (an incident mentioned here on another thread), would her genocidal remarks about Jews have gotten a pass? Would everyone have been going, “OOooooh, never mind what she says! She’s GORGEOUS! Okay, she’s genocidal, but she’s simply gorgeous!”

    [My question, I guess, is whether anyone can cite support for Hamas, Hezzbollah or genocide coming from Fakih's mouth? I am pretty sure that if anyone could, then you'd be seeing plenty of people --including me-- writing about it. Do you honestly think that, for instance, Michelle Malkin, would not be talking about it?

    Until such a soundbite or quote is produced, I think it's pretty unfair of anyone to make assumptions about the girl. You cannot say, "well, her family is thus and such, and so she must be, too" because hey, my family had an outsized percentage of drunkards, but I am not much of a drinker at all. You cannot say, "well, her family comes from here or there, and so she must be..." because again, my family comes from Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean I tawk like dis.

    Rob, a lesson I have learned in life (and I learned it the hard way) is to give people a benefit of a doubt - to take them at their word, until they demonstrate otherwise. Others are free to think that is foolish of me; you are certainly free to think so. But I would rather foolishly give someone the benefit of a doubt, and get disappointed, than foolishly think the worst of everyone, and then have to endure the hot coals on my head, when I am proved wrong. Living any other way, makes me more cynical and too judgmental than I can comfortably live with. I'm already too cynical by half, and that shames me because cynicism is the easiest thing in the world to grow and harvest. -admin]

  • Tom

    I’m a red-blooded American man and, yeah, of course this woman is beautiful. But frankly this is not what I turn to the Anchoress or First Things to read about. Princess, Queen, modeling, money, and Macy’s? No — I think that’s a pretty succinct list of things America is actually not, not at all, about.

  • Jeff

    Ms. Oklahoma was hotter and gave a great answer to a difficult question for a law student, let alone a beauty pageant contestant.

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  • newton

    Sorry, Anchoress, but she needs a little meat on her bones.

    Not convinced.

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  • Sandra

    Rima Fakih is as much a practitioner of Islam as Danny Thomas, Jamie Farr, or Kahlil Gibran.

    It wasn’t until the 1980s that the population of Muslims was on par with the population of Christians with in the Arab-American communities, such as Dearborn Michigan.

    What a wonderful Maronite young woman.

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  • Peter from MN

    I hope she gets taken to McDonalds to celebrate.

  • Jeff

    Michelle Malkin has the best take on this on her site. Fakih’s incoherent remarks about contraception, if they had been made by Carrie Prejean, would have been seized on as evidence of her stupidity. Fakih gets a total pass. Gee wonder why.

  • ShyAsrai

    cross this one off America’s ‘bucket list’

  • DaveW

    Well, she’s very pretty. And while I like women to have a bit more weight than that she doesn’t have that horrible anorexic look that has become so ‘normal’ among so many young women. I am really aghast at what our society has done to make young women – all women really – feel like they have to be rail thin.

    I wonder how much danger she’s in from the loons. That picture of her in the bathing suit is enough to drive the fascists nuts I’d guess. Actually just showing her hair is enough to accomplish that for those guys. Will she have to have bodyguards for the rest of her life?

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  • Doug

    I would like to know if she is really a muslim. Given the abysmal state of MSM “fact checking” these days I seriously question the assertion. To the MSM “Middle Eastern origin + dark skin = Muslim”. If she is from Lebanon then there is a distinct possiblity that she is a Maronite…in short a Catholic. Just curious.

  • http://www.opinionatedcatholic.blogspot.com jh

    Jeez the comments on here are proving The Anchoress’s point.

    Before I get to that let me say TRUMP is a a mastermind. The second year in a row people are talking about his production

    That being said no she will not be in danger. I swear with the inbternet it seems people still sort of have a narrow view of the Muslim world. Beriut with its beaches USED to be the Paris of the Middle West. All those women on the beaches were not Christians.

    I agree she is very pretty

  • Lover of the Rule

    Why is no one raising questions about the issue of modesty in the Miss USA pageant? Why does a Catholic blog include a picture of (an admittedly beautiful, yes) woman in a small, immodest bikini? What of concupiscence of the eyes? It is ultimately a sign of the great disease in American life that these ojbectively immodest images (which, in fact, objectify this young lady) are thought a fine thing for a Catholic blog; that disease is only compounded when you follow it with a post on the beautiful order of the Benedictines.

    [There is nothing suggestive in her pose. I find beauty in both pictures, and beauty in the human form, well wrought; I don't have a problem with Michelangelo's David, either. You might hate what I am about to post, then, so please don't read it! :-) admin]

  • kt

    agree, the cognitive dissonance between the photo chosen for this post and the Nun in the next post is frankly breathtaking. Sorry Anchoress, you seem to want to have it both ways on more and more fronts. I empathize with your struggle, but in the meantime, understand that this reflects confusion on your part rather than your ability to contain multitudes.

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  • Scott

    The nuns are far more beautiful. Piety becomes a woman more than seduction. You can get an eyeful anywhere ( even at Mass) but it takes far more searching to find a godly woman.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    She is absolutely gorgeous, albeit entirely too thin, and nowhere near as modest as Muslim females are supposed to be and yes, I have seen the pole dancing pictures that surfaced although honestly they aren’t as racy as the official Miss USA photographs on their website.

    However, all that being said, the woman is as dumb as a box of rocks! And I was always told that intelligence is another aspect of real beauty!

  • AvantiBev

    Yes, Ms. Fakih from Dearbornistan, MI is quite pretty. But as for Muslim women being a knock out, you cannot beat this story! Raised my spirits to read it. Pray for this poor gal, she will probably be arrested but good for her!

    “When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

    But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.

    A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai’a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

    For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

    According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

    “To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”

    [Heh. Great story. Found this in the spam filter, because the url was unembedded. -admin]

  • dry valleys

    Don’t know what became of my comment of yesterday- I don’t suppose it matters, because it was only the same thing I always say :)

    I have a lot of things to say about what this sheds light on but I would just like to observe that I regard this as a more attractive female form.

    This is a bit about white men’s attraction to Asian women for those who don’t like pictures :)

    I will restrain myself from making the observations I’d normally make as the readers here have a different sensibility to that of my male friends :)

    [This was in the spam filter, DV, but nothing else -admin]

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  • Jeanne

    Yep…she’s gorgeous…but that’s NOT all..she’s has a talent for pole dancing!


    So fake ..so lame!
    Do people actually watch the Miss USA Pagent?

  • Anon

    She’s a much too skinny for my tastes. She has great eyes, but really… she needs a sandwich or two.

  • Jeff

    Michelle Malkin is much hotter and brilliant. She should have competed.

  • http://www.remafakih.com Anon

    This will become old news fast unless more info surfaces.

  • Ethan C.

    No matter how pretty she is, the fact of the matter is that she’s the sort of person who would be a contestant in a beauty contest. That would seem to militate against her being in any way admirable.

    And I don’t think she looks very pretty, at least in these photos, though of course that’s just my personal taste. I could never stand that beauty pageant rictus.

  • Elaine S.

    “Beriut with its beaches USED to be the Paris of the Middle West.”

    Last I looked Beirut was in the Middle EAST… or maybe you got it confused with Chicago :-)

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