EXCLUSIVE! S-Factor Creator Sheila Kelley Tells Us Why Pole Dancing Makes Miss USA A Role Model To Young Girls!

Fri, May 21, 2010 2:02pm EDT by 2 Comments


Most people are shocked and offended by the photos of Miss USA working a stripper pole — but Sheila says Rima Fakih is setting a good example by ‘owning her body!’

When photos surfaced of newly crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih pole-dancing May 17, most Americans were outraged that she should be considered a role model. But Sheila Kelley, the creator of female-empowering strip workout S-Factor disagrees, and says that young women should actually look up to Miss USA because she is confident enough to own her body!

“Oh my god, I find the public’s fascination [with this issue] so infantile, I can’t even tell you,” the 45-year-old S-Factor guru tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, explaining, “I think that the people who are criticizing her are fighting a losing battle. Women are not going to go back into the closet — it’s fun to express your sexuality.”

Rima, 23, competed in a radio station’s pole dancing contest in 2007 that was supposed to “teach girls how to dance and to feel sexy.” After the photos were leaked onto the Internet, women have been in an uproar, claiming Rima is setting a bad example for those that look up to her. Sheila disagrees, and says she’s proud to use the newly crowned pageant queen as an example for her nine-year-old daughter.

“Because of the pole dancing, she exemplifies a wholesome young woman of today,” Sheila says. “This is a message young women should get: it’s YOUR body. It goes against nature to not let it move and play. God, I love seeing a beautiful young woman that confident.”

In fact, Sheila wants HollywoodLife.com to extend a special offer to Rima. “I’m so excited for her I can’t stand it. Please tell Rima I want to offer her a free intro to come take a class with me!”

Judging from Rima’s pictures — we bet she’d be a natural!

–Kirstin Benson



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