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5 Miss Universe 2010 Candidates That Caught Our Attention

22 Aug 2010

With Sundays being slow as they are, we’re here to generate a little excitement with a preview for the Miss Universe 2010 competition, which will be televised live from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino tomorrow. Who are some of the gorgeous ladies that will be awkwardly striding down the catwalk, and why did they just so happen to pique our curiosity? Barring their exterior beauty, obviously:

Tang Wen (China)

Tang Wen, hailing from Heilongjiang province, is China’s representative for the Miss Universe 2010 pageant. Though only 19 years old, she already has an impressive resume, having worked with Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark in a film amusingly titled Not All Women Are Bad.

Despite not being tapped as one of the top ten favorites, Tang notes, “I always feel that there are 1.3 billion Chinese people supporting me, and there is a 5,000-year history behind me.” If anything, she’s got a fiery courage that we definitely can get behind! She could work on her English, but worse come to worst she’d still make a great foley artist!

Rima Fakih (USA)

Rima Fakih, the current Miss USA 2010 and the first Arab and Muslim to win the pageant, took top honors in another kind of competition three years prior: The Lebanese-American beauty queen first courted controversy in May when it came to light that she had won a pole dancing competition hosted by Detroit radio station Mojo in the Morning. According to TMZ, prizes for the Michigan-raised Fakih included “jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use.”

Though accused of being a “Hezbollah Hottie” by some Internet users, Fakih, 24, is in fact borne out of a more complex cultural fusion. She most recently voiced her opposition to the Ground Zero mosque, telling The Birmingham News that “we should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion.” Muslim scholar Ghazal Omid opined that “to say that she is a Muslim is inaccurate. No Muslim woman can call herself a … Muslim and be on stage with her bikini.” We’re intrigued by the contradictions that seem to follow Fakih, something fully emblematic of the 21st century!

Kim Joo-ri (Korea)

Kim Joo-ri may be young and fresh-faced, but the 22 year old is not to be trifled with: Kim is a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, one of the oldest and most prestigious ballet schools in the world. She began learning ballet at the age of five, moving to England to attend the Royal Ballet School in the third grade. Fluent in English and Russian, she told The Korea Times she “dreams of becoming a ballerina or a diplomat.” It’s not everyday that you meet someone with that range of option.

Kim is the first beauty queen to represent South Korea in both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. After her graduation, she was reportedly invited to be part of the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Company in Russia, but she instead decided to participate in the Miss Korea competition. With that kind of resume, we’re not surprised.

Click on to read about Venus Raj, who lived in a house without electricity for 20 years, and Sarodj Bertin, whose mother was publicly assassinated after she announced her intent to run against then-Haiti president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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