In the early 80s Vanessa Williams made history twice in being crowned Miss America. When she won the prize in September , she was the first African-American woman to do so. By July she became the first Miss America to resign her crown, all over some nude photos from that were published in Penthouse without her consent. Thirty-two years later, she will return as head judge of the Miss America pageant. Multiple Grammy nominations, Broadway roles, films, a hit TV series , and an Academy Award—winning song later, Williams has made the most of the last 32 years. It is a great honor to welcome her back to the competition as our head judge. She was told the photos she took in would be in silhouette and never published.
Vanessa Williams becomes Miss America judge 3 decades after nude scandal lost her the title
66 Best Vanessa Williams images in | Vanessa williams, Celebrities, Female actresses
Playing with Fire - as Riana Roberts. Soul Food - as Maxine Chadway. Melrose Place - as Rhonda Blair. Chicago Hope - as Dr. Grace Carr. Made with love in Chicago since ! All Rights Reserved.
Vanessa Williams Penthouse Photos: Magazine's Most Infamous Spread
Less than a year later, on July 23, , Williams gave up her crown after nude photos of her surfaced. Despite the scandal, Williams later launched a successful singing and acting career, including a featured role on the hit television sitcom Ugly Betty. She attended Syracuse University, where she majored in musical theater. Scandal later erupted, however, when nude photos surfaced of Williams that had reportedly been shot when she worked for a photographer before her pageant days.
That's the title of Williams' new, remarkably candid memoir, penned with her mother and available in stores now. In the book, the "Desperate Housewives" actress reveals shocking secrets about her earlier years. The darkest one is that she was molested by an year-old girl when she was just 10 years old, while they were on a family trip with friends. The year-old actress said that at the time of the incident, it was difficult for her to understand what had happened and she kept it a secret for years.