Williams originally made history on September 17, , when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In , while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. After Williams became Miss America, the photographer sold the pictures to Penthouse without her knowledge.
Miss America Pageant Is Finally Over Vanessa Williams's Nude Photos
Photos: Vanessa Williams and the Miss America scandal
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.
Vanessa Williams Makes Peace with Old Nude Scandal, Returns to Judge Miss America Pageant
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Miss New York Vanessa Williams was Miss America for 10 months in , before Penthouse got their hands on nude photos shot by photographer Tom Chiapel in —photos she later said she was told no one would ever see and that she had been pressured into taking. It includes scenes from her public life after winning the beauty pageant juxtaposed with black-and-white nude photos. In color photos, she is shown meeting with President Reagan and waving triumphantly to her fans. On the opposite page, is a frontal shot of her nude to the waist.