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Miss USA Rima Fakih
She is the new image of American beauty - and she is Arab.
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2010 07:04 GMT



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Was it affirmative action, political correctness, a plot to conceal a radical agenda or just a simple beauty pageant?

The new Miss USA, Lebanese-born Rima Fakih, has sparked headlines around the globe for becoming the first Arab-American Muslim to win a major beauty contest.

Those who see something more sinister at work than beauty and poise claim her appearance is just a pleasant mask lulling the US into a false sense of comfort regarding the so-called 'Muslim threat'.

Others say the contest was rigged to favour a Muslim candidate to promote Washington's liberal agenda.

On Wednesday's Riz Khan we speak with Miss USA, Rima Fakih, about the controversy surrounding her selection and what she hopes to achieve as she prepares to represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant.

Also joining the programme is Maya Berry of the Arab American Institute.

You can join the conversation. Watch the show at 1630 GMT, with repeats at 2130, and the next day at 0230 and 1130 GMT.

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Al Jazeera
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