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. Williams was pressured to relinquish her title, and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey , Suzette Charles.
Miss America resigns over nude photos
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Because my mind is in the past the mid-eighties and in the gutter the porn biz for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September issue of Penthouse. How to convey the magnitude of the frenzy? Maybe this does it. Peter Bloch, Penthouse 's then-executive editor: "It was the best-selling issue of Penthouse of all time.
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Williams originally made history on September 17, , when she became the first Black woman to win the Miss America crown.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.
CNN When nude photos of a celebrity surface nowadays, it's often rumored that the star may have "leaked" them. Photos: Controversies surrounding beauty queens. Vanessa Williams stepped down in as the first black Miss America after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. She went on to have a successful singing and acting career and has written a memoir.