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Miss USA embarrassed by vitriol

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Miss USA embarrassed by vitriol
Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan USA 2010, poses for the judges during the final vote at the MISS USA 2010 competition in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 16, 2010. The Lebanese-American woman became the first of Arab descent to be crowned "Miss USA." (EDITORIAL USE ONLY-NO USE AFTER 60 DAYS) UPI/Darren Decker/HO-Miss Universe L.P., LLLP. | License Photo

DETROIT, April 10 (UPI) -- Michigan's Rima Fakih, the reigning Miss USA and first Muslim-American title-holder, is now competing on national television to become a professional wrestler.

A contestant on USA's "WWE Tough Enough," which debuted last week, the Dearborn, Mich., native recently told the Detroit Free Press she wants young girls to take a lesson about standing up for themselves.

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"Yea, I'm a beauty queen, but I'm (expletive) tough," she told the paper about the show, which airs at 8 p.m. Monday on USA Network.

In the show's first episode, she was taped in a bad-word-ridden exchange with another cast member, Mikael Zaki, who was doused with water after he was shown throwing a pillow at Fakih.

The beauty queen, who holds the title until June 19 when a new Miss USA is crowned, told the Free Press she is embarrassed about the bad words, and is quoted as saying "I don't want young girls to think it's OK to use bad words."

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