Bombshell Beauty: The International Bangover Following an Arab-American Miss USA

It was one of those victories that nobody could make any real sense of. Twenty-four year-old Rima Fakih from Dearborn, MI won the 2010 Miss USA Pageant on May 16 in Vegas and suddenly the blogosphere erupted with the combined firepower of ideologues on various sides of the US culture wars spouting pronouncements and journalists in the Middle East suddenly interested in an event that ordinarily would have been ignored as trivial, carnal and Western. Why the fuss? Fakih comes from an immigrant Shiite family with roots in Lebanon, specifically, the southern village of Srifa, near the port-city of Tyre.