What does it all mean?
I think there is the underlying implication that we should let down our guard and suspicion and prejudices about how we think of Muslim women, the burqha being the pre-eminent issue worldwide here. After all, how bad can Muslims be if their women not only exhibit themselves in a bikini but also win the competition?
No doubt the judges of the Miss USA competition a pushing an agenda. So be it. That doesn't matter to me.
What is really disconcerting to me is that I find myself in agreement with the opinion of a devout Muslim woman who says
Have we lost all sense of identity that we have to rejoice at a Muslim woman stripping down to her undies as a breakthrough in Arab/Muslim acceptance in this country? Are we so desperate for any “good” publicity that we will take the bottom of the barrel? My Arab ancestors must be turning over in their graves somewhere. This is not a triumph for any self-respecting Muslim/woman who upholds true feminist beliefs.
I personally doubt if Rima Fakih is a typical example of a Muslim woman. I would like to believe that she represents the new generaton who have abandoned the bogus requirements that women cover up, after all it isn't stated anywhere in the Quran. But I can't. In fact I doubt if she has anything in common with a typical Muslim women. The use of the adjective "Muslim" in this instance is more of a publicity stunt than any real description of what Rima Fakih is all about.
In fact, if she dared to set foot in any Muslim country there's no doubt she would be promptly arrested and convicted and stoned to death. This isn't something I approve of or wish this young lady. It is merely stating facts. Facts that are relevant about Muslims and Islam.
The juxtaposition of a beauty contestant with the word "Muslim" is merely a ploy, a publicity stunt a pathetic attempt to exploit the real issue of conflict between Islamic values and western values.