Skip navigation! Story from Entertainment News. 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 in , but was forced to resign after nude modeling photos taken a year before the pageant surfaced. Last night's pageant began with a formal apology to Williams on behalf of the Miss America Organization.
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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. She was told the photos she took in would be in silhouette and never published. The past just came up and kicked me.
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