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Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih converts to Christianity

In 2010 Rima Fakih became the first muslim to win the Miss USA Pageant. The beauty queen gave her life to Christ last month in the run-up to her marriage in Lebanon next week to Wassim Salibi, a wealthy music producer who is a Maronite Christian. Canadian singer The Weeknd, who is managed by Salibi, will perform at the wedding.

Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih with her future husband
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih with her future husband Wassim Salibi

However, Fakih didn't appear to have associated herself with just the one religion throughout her life. In a 2010 interview with the Huffington Post, Rima said she came from "more of a spiritual family." Further, she said, "Religion really doesn't define me or my family. My family's been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions."

Her family is a mixture of different religions and different ethnicities. Her brother-in-law is Christian, and he and her sister baptized their two sons. She said she also has an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he's a priest now.

During and after the Miss USA pageant, Fakih's religious and ethnic identity became the subject of widespread discussion. On the subject of identity, she was quoted as saying "I'd like to say I'm American first, and I am an Arab-American, I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American."

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