Interviewed by Nile News in Cairo, El Naschie, wiping away tears, had this to say.
Miss Fakih makes a good impression in a swim suit, but my contributions to beauty pageantry are of a more theoretical nature.
I have been nominated several times for Miss USA, including by my teacher, Kimberly Tomes, who won Miss USA in 1977. She loved me quite a bit, and let me sit at her vanity table, so you guys can say what you want.
Everyone knows I deserve the sparkly tiara several times over; but I am a Sunni, named Mohamed, and my passport is Egyptian. The judges in the Weitzmann Institute in Israel who make the decision -- yes, I said Israel, not Las Vegas -- had the last word, and the prize lost its way.