It didn’t take long for the new Miss USA to become embroiled in a scandal: Rima Fakih―a Dearborn, Michigan, native who was crowned Miss USA on Sunday night―was revealed by radio show Mojo In The Morning as the winner of its “Stripper 101” contest, a promotional amateur pole-dancing competition that it hosted for female listeners at The Coliseum Gentleman’s Club in Detroit in 2007.
MojoInTheMorning.com congratulated Fakih, a former Catholic school girl, on their website, adding “Much like Miss Michigan Kristen Haglund who won Miss America in 2008, Rima is a Mojo In The Morning listener who has joined us in studio and at events. Check out Miss USA Rima Fakih when she won Mojo In The Morning’s “Stripper 101″ contest in 2007.”
Since Mojo posted the photos, RadarOnline reports that pageant officials have contacted the radio station. A spokesperson told RadarOnline.com that they “asked for any unreleased photos that we have. We do have a few, but we’re not sending them out. When we asked if everything was ok and if it would affect her crown, they said they couldn’t make a comment on that right now.”
The show later emphasized on its website that the event was “for women only and the women do not remove their clothes.”
Mojo’s spokesperson also adds, “She won a personal stripping pole for your house and we had an adult company that gave away all kinds of toys and dirty things that make me blush.”
Clarification: Language has been changed to indicate more clearly that the photos were of the radio show’s promotional event, which was attended by women only and did not involve removal of clothing.