The Jewelry Insider

May 17, 2010

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih made history as the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA 2010 – and the first to trip in the evening gown competition.

Rima Fakih made history as the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA 2010 – and the first to trip in the evening gown competition. Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant is known for dripping diamonds, gorgeous gowns and – after Carrie Prejean’s rocky reign last year – its fair share of controversy. This year the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas hosted another hotbed of glamour girls from across the country with the diamond crown going to an Arab-American beauty, Rima Fkih from Michigan – despite her unfortunate trip in the evening gown competition. Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and will represent the United States this summer in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and use of the famous eco-friendly diamond Miss USA crown worth over 200,000. The official Diamond Nexus Labs crown features 1,936 flawless gemstones for a stunning total weight of 166.82 carats, set in 325 grams of gold and platinum. Fifty-one of these jewels adorn the magnificent oval centerpiece to celebrate each of the women competing to become Miss USA 2010. Four full-time designers and their teams spent more than 1,800 hours bringing the crown to life back in 2009. All of the gems were lab made, using an environmentally friendly process with no toxic byproducts or pollutants. If you want to shine like a beauty queen but don’t want to suffer through the swimsuit competition, check out Jewelry.com’s collection of crown jewels right here. Who needs The Donald to go green in style?

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