Miss USA Rima Fakih is defending herself against reports that she's a party girl, just one week before she's set to give up her crown.
"Not when I have work the next day. I try to take it easy," said Fakih.
Surveillance tapes reportedly show the 25-year-old returning to her home at a Donald Trump-owned apartment in Manhattan at 4 a.m. earlier this month.
"What people don't really understand is, during my year it wasn't very easy, it was very stressful, and I did go out and I went out with some friends," she said.
Just one week after she became Miss USA, photos of her pole dancing at a radio event were leaked.
In 2006, Miss USA Tara Conner was forgiven by pageant-owner Trump and allowed to keep her crown following reports of drug and alcohol abuse.
Fakih has just one week to go. On Sunday a new Miss USA will be named and Fakih says she doesn't want to be remembered as the Miss USA who partied too much.
"I was relieving some stress, I was giving up my reign, moving on to the next chapter of my life, and I think it was just kind of my way of letting go," Fakih said.