Lebanon’s Rahaf Abdullah, Rima Fakih Compete for Miss Universe

Miss Lebanon 2010 Rahaf Abdullah and Lebanese-American Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih on Monday night will try to conquer the throne of global beauty when they compete at the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant.
In 1971, Lebanon’s Georgina Rizk was crowned Miss Universe at the pageant that was held in Miami Beach, Florida.

A set of 83 beauty queens plan to show off swimsuits, evening gowns and quick-thinking interview skills in hopes of impressing a panel of celebrity judges and winning the 2010 beauty title.

From Albania to Zambia, contestants from six continents were expected to strut across a stage Monday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The winner will replace Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez, who gave Venezuela a second consecutive win by taking the title at age 18 last year. The South American country has won six titles since the pageant started in 1952.

Fernandez says it’s clear in her mind who’s contending in this year’s contest — but she won’t give her picks until after the telecast.

The pageant hosted by rocker Bret Michaels and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales will air live on NBC and Telemundo and be distributed in some 190 countries and territories. The contest, co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, will be judged by celebrities including 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and actress Jane Seymour

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