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Itascan Miss Arab USA wants to challenge stereotypes

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As a Catholic schoolgirl who grew up in Itasca and is studying to be a dentist, Christina Rafidia says her new role as Miss Arab USA will allow her to change some stereotypes of Arab women.

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During a break in classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Itasca native Christina Rafidia enjoys her first week as Miss Arab USA.

Burt Constable | Staff Photographer

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In her new role as Miss Arab USA, Christina Rafidia says she wants to highlight the diversity and accomplishments of Arab women. The Itasca native, a product of Catholic schools, plans to become a dentist.

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As a girl in Itasca, Christina Rafidia introduced hummus to classmates in her Catholic grade school. Now, as the newly crowned Miss Arab USA, the 22-year-old is still educating folks about what it means to be an Arab woman.
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    • As a Catholic schoolgirl who grew up in Itasca and is studying to be a dentist, Christina Rafidia says her new role as Miss Arab USA will allow her to change some stereotypes of Arab women.
    •  During a break in classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Itasca native Christina Rafidia enjoys her first week as Miss Arab USA.
    •  In her new role as Miss Arab USA, Christina Rafidia says she wants to highlight the diversity and accomplishments of Arab women. The Itasca native, a product of Catholic schools, plans to become a dentist.
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