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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Vanessa Williams gave up her crown after a nude photo scandal in Over three decades after Vanessa Williams resigned her Miss America title due to a nude photo scandal, the year-old actress-singer-model returned to the pageant Sunday to serve as a judge. Williams — who was welcomed back by the organization 32 years after the release of nude photos caused her to relinquish her title — judged the contest alongside Zendaya, Brett Eldredge, snowboarding bronze medalist Amy Purdy and Taya Kyle, veteran activist and widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The pictures, which were taken a year before her victory in the pageant, surfaced 10 months after Williams — the first black Miss America — was crowned. After Penthouse magazine announced their plans to buy and publish the photographs, Williams resigned her Miss America title in a press conference in July , and the crown was passed down to runner-up Suzette Charles.