After first Muslim-American becomes Miss USA, she does something unexpected

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Rima Fakih, who it is believed to have been the first Muslim-American woman to have been crowned Miss USA, has converted to Christianity.

She made the conversion last month in anticipation of her marriage to Wassim Salibi, a wealthy music producer and a Maronite Christian. The ceremony will take place in Lebanon this week, according to Christian Today.

A tweet she posted in late March gave a broad hint of the direction in which she was moving — a verse from Philippians:

And she followed that one up with this beautiful message:

When the beauty was crowned MissUSA in 2010, she was quoted as saying, “I’d like to say I’m American first, and I am an Arab-American, I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American.”

Fakih was reportedly criticized by other Muslims for even entering the pageant.

She’s not the first person in her family to convert.

“My brother-in-law is Christian, and he (and my sister) baptized their two sons,” she told The Huffington Post in 2010. “I have an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he’s a priest now.”

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