Business at her father's restaurant reportedly declined following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
She graduated from Henry Ford Community College and went on to earn degrees in economics and business management from the University of Michigan–Dearborn, and announced she planned to attend law school after her year-long reign.
Fakih competed in her first pageant when she was nineteen, placing fourth runner-up at Miss Wayne County, a preliminary pageant for Miss Michigan in the Miss America system.
In 2012, she participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.
On May 24, 2011, The Roots performed a freestyle song about her during her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Fakih won the Miss Michigan USA pageant on September 19, 2009 at the Mc Morran Place Theater, Port Huron, Michigan.
In May 2010 she represented Michigan at the Miss USA 2010 pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fakih was born in Srifa, a small city in the Jabal Amel region of Southern Lebanon, to a Shi'a Muslim family.
She is the daughter of Hussein and Nadia Fakih, and has four siblings, brothers Rabih and Rami, and sisters Rana and Rouba.
She represented the state of Michigan in the national pageant, having previously won the 2010 Miss Michigan USA pageant.
In 2016, Fakih converted to Christianity from Shia Islam, and married Lebanese-Canadian music producer Wassim Slaiby known as Tony Sal.
On the subject of the planned Park51 Islamic community center in New York, Fakih stated, "I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on the constitutional rights of freedom of religion.
[But] it shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center.
The Rob Morrow thing seemed to only last a few dates. We are talking about a couple here that have been on and off, but were always on back in the day(see above) when Rob did not have anyone in his life.