Vanessa Williams is planning her return to the Miss America pageant as a judge, but has she moved on after she was forced to resign her crown 32 years ago? InWilliams became the first African-American Miss America, and while she was certainly excited to win, the year-old actress admitted to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that she didn't see it being about "making history. Williams said the title also came with death threats.
Vanessa Williams born March 18, is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African American winner of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America in September Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized  nude photographs of Williams.
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NEW YORK -- Vanessa Williams, who relinquished her Miss America crown when Penthouse magazine published sexually explicit photos of her, also had posed nude for another photographer, a Penthouse magazine spokesman said today. Miss Williams said her decision to resign was precipitated by the fear that the second set of pictures would be made public and 'people wouldn't forgive me for a second mistake,' The New York Times reported. Those pictures, taken by photographer Greg Whitman, were scheduled for publication in the January edition of Penthouse, said Sy Presten, a spokesman for the magazine's owner, Bob Guccione.
Skip navigation! In case you missed it, a new Miss America was crowned last night — and a former one was redeemed. The Ugly Betty star became the first Black Miss America inbut was forced to resign after nude modeling photos taken a year before the pageant surfaced.
The war between the porn king and the beauty queen grows wilder by the hour. In the September issue of Penthouse, Bob Guccione had published a series of nude photographs of Vanessa Williamsthe first black Miss America, posed in lubricious tableaux with another shapely young woman. For Vanessa the pictures led to a bitter defeat.
The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and the ABC television network announced Tuesday they are bringing back the award-winning actress and singer to serve as head judge for the competition. It begins Tuesday and culminates in the crowning of the next Miss America on Sunday. Williams, the first African-American Miss America, won the title in but resigned after Penthouse magazine published sexually explicit photographs of her taken several years earlier. Sam Haskell, executive chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, said his friendship with Williams pre-dated the turmoil caused by the release of the photos.
Chappaqua, NY resident and star of Ugly Betty. That makes Vanessa Williams A-Ok in our book. It's no secret that actors are often booked to play characters of much younger ages.
Tennis legend Williams is currently trying to win the eighth Wimbledon singles title of her illustrious career having reached the semi-finals. And the year-old was happy to pose in a dazzling series of snaps for the cover of the US style-bible publication. Williams, for so long an outspoken champion of equality, modelled in a gold dress which flashed her legs - and in one pic her naked backside. The whole series of pictures were published without being re-touched by computer programs, with the feature being one titled "The Naked Truth".