Williams was succeeded by Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles in July , when she was forced to resign over the unauthorized publication of nude photographs. Charles served as Miss America until September But when the press started, when I would go out on the - on the tour and do my appearances, and people would come up and say they never thought they'd see the day that it would happen; when people would want to shake my hand, and you'd see tears in their eyes, and they'd say, I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime - that's when, you know, it was definitely a very special honor. For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and hate mail.
Miss America 1984
Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all black women for the first time ever - CBS News
Three decades after she gave up the crown amid a nude photo scandal, Vanessa Williams is returning to the Miss America pageant. 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.
The Scandal That Cost a Miss America Her Crown
Hundreds of women had submitted their photos to regional newspapers for a chance to be vetted by a panel of judges and a crowd. For the papers, it was a way to increase circulation; for the Boardwalk, a way to keep tourists occupied. As President Warren G. It helped that the little beauty was a Washington, D.
From the outside, beauty pageants appear to be absolutely perfect. From the gorgeous evening gowns the contestants wear, to the flawlessly executed interview answers, the pageants seem to take on an ethereal quality. The truth, however, is that they're anything but flawless. Desiree Lowry , an organizer for the event, told reporters, "When I'm listening and she says, 'I don't like the camera,' I say that is a big problem.