Vanessa Williams News Archive
Better late than never!
Last night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, not only was Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, crowned the new Miss America but the pageant FINALLY patched things up with Vanessa Williams!
Williams was crowned Miss America back in 1984, and was actually the first African-American woman to do so, but due to a scandal involving Penthouse publishing nude pictures of her, the 52-year-old actress was asked to resign from being a part of the 1985 pageant.
Well last night, Williams returned as a guest judge at the beauty pageant and the show took a moment to recognize the mistakes of their past regarding the former beauty queen. Sam Haskell, the executive chairman of the Miss America Pageant told Williams:
"You have lived your life in grace and dignity and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned. Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today's organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams. I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be."
Williams responded by saying:
"Thank you so much. So unexpected, but so beautiful. I did the best that I could in my reign as Miss America in 1983-84. I, on behalf of my family – my mother in particular – Brian Edwards, who orchestrated this entire thing to bring me back. And your leadership, your integrity, you bring this pageant back to what it ought to be. I love you. I love the girls. I'm so honored to be back."
It's always so wonderful when people can put their differences behind them. We're just glad to see Vanessa back at the pageant where she belongs!
Vanessa Williams Is Returning To The Miss America Pageant Three Decades After Her Nude Photo Scandal!
Vanessa Williams is finally returning to the Miss America stage!
The Ugly Betty star famously became the first African American to be crowned Miss America back in 1984 — but was sadly relieved of her title after nude photos of her were sold to Penthouse magazine without her consent!
Now, the 52-year-old will be reunited with the pageant in a different role, she is set to serve as head judge for this year's competition!
Over the years, Williams has boasted achievements in entertainment and philanthropy — she has earned 11 Grammy nominations, has appeared in hit TV shows, and won the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her humanitarian work!
Sam Haskell, executive chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization, had this to say about Williams returning to the pageant:
Vanessa Williams is off the market!
While most of us spent our weekend celebrating the 4th of July, Vanessa had a slightly different plan…
She got married!!!
The 52-year-old actress/singer wed her fiancé Jim Skrip on Saturday after being engaged since September.
We're hearing that the ceremony was intimate in front of friends and family, and we couldn't be happier for the new couple!
Congrats again, guys!
[Image via Vanessa Williams/Instagram.]
We're SO happy FOR her!
Vanessa Williams recently announced that she's engaged to her boyfriend Jim Skrip and the way she announced it was the best way ever!
It happened this past Friday while she was on Queen Latifah's show!
The host noticed the lady's big and beautiful ring and the Queen said
Vanessa Williams Shares Her Shocking Molestation Story On Oprah's Master Class! Watch Her Tell The Emotional Tale HERE!
We are floored by this startling admission.
Wow, we had no idea she went through something like this! How awful that she had to repress that jarring experience for years!
Ch-ch-check out her traumatic story (above).
Barbra Streisand turns 72 today and this woman has had nothing but a GREAT big impact to the music and Broadway world.
The original Funny Girl star has contributed many classic songs that we still listen to and enjoy today!
So, in honor of Bab's 72nd birthday, here are 10 covers of her most classic songs (below)!
Oh hey there, Ladies!
It’s not often that we get to see Vanessa Williams squeezing in family time, but that’s what Hawaiian vacations are for!
The 50-year-old actress looked her usual flawless self as she cooled off with a snow cone on Saturday in Honolulu, but her daughter was busy heating things up on the sand!
Braving the waves, 24-year-old Jillian Hervey stunned in a two-piece bikini. You can’t wrong with leopard print on the beach!
Honestly, Vanessa looks young enough to be sisters with her daughter.
How does she do itttt?!
[Image via AKM-GSI.]