01:24 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/16/2013 11:15PM
From 51 to the one and only Miss USA 2013: Congratulations, Miss Connecticut Erin Brady!
Reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether has relinquished her crown – and the posh New York apartment that comes with it – to her successor.
Brady, 25, will become a spokeswoman for breast and ovarian cancer awareness and travel the world for various charity work. The first runner-up, Miss Alabama Mary Margaret McCord, will take over should Brady not be able to complete her duties.
Originally posted 04/11/2012 02:00PM
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih pleaded no contest Wednesday to a reduced misdemeanor charge in her DUI case, reaching a deal with prosecutors that should spare her jail time.
Fakih, 26, who appeared in the Detroit-area court with her family behind her, is expected to receive probation when sentenced next month on a charge of driving while visibly impaired.
"You have to pay the price for making mistakes, but you move on and make sure you learn from those mistakes," Fakih said outside the courthouse in Highland Park, Mich., after the hearing.
Originally posted 12/07/2011 10:30AM
Details are emerging of former Miss USA Rima Fakih's drunk-driving arrest in Michigan.
Fakih, 26, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, and she was speeding and weaving through traffic with an uncorked, half-empty bottle of champagne, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press.
She was weaving in heavy traffic at 60 mph in a black 2011 Jaguar, the report says, and "appeared disoriented and had very slurred speech" after she was stopped.
Originally posted 12/04/2011 01:00PM
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih may be adding an unfortunate new title to her roster: defendant.
Fakih, 26, who captured the Miss USA crown in 2010, is facing drunken driving charges after a weekend arrest in Highland Park, Mich.
Fakih Tweeted on Saturday: "Let's clear things up now. ... I'm NOT in Michigan and I'm NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih." But the post has since been removed, and on Sunday her attorney Doraid Elder confirmed the arrest.
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