In the early 80s Vanessa Williams made history twice in being crowned Miss America. When she won the prize in Septembershe 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.
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She is the daughter of Helen and the late Milton Williams who were music teachers. She has a younger brother, Christopher, who is also an actor. During her childhood, Williams took music lessons, learning to play the piano and French horn.
Copies of September's Penthouse magazine carrying nude photographs of Vanessa Williams, who resigned yesterday as Miss America ofwere selling at a brisk pace in the Lehigh Valley yesterday to curious readers and hobbyists seeking a hot collector's item. Most newsstands and drugstores had sold out their day's offering before the first black Miss America announced her resignation at a televised afternoon news conference. Although more people stood in line for lottery tickets than magazines in Allentown, Penthouse was in heavy demand for as long as the copies lasted. The September Penthouse cover shows comedian George Burns with his right arm clamped around a fully-clothed and fetching Vanessa Williams.
Originally published by the Daily News on July 24, Vanessa Williams, Miss Americagave up her crown yesterday at the request of pageant officials in a scandal over nude, sexually explicit photographs of her that appeared in Penthouse magazine. The pageant's first runnerup, Suzette Charles, last year's Miss New Jersey, was installed as the new Miss America for the two remaining months of Williams' reign.
Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America in However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue.
Penthouse is a men's magazine founded by Bob Guccione. It combines urban lifestyle articles and softcore pornographic pictorials that, in the s, temporarily evolved into hardcore. Although Guccione was American, the magazine was founded in in the United Kingdom.
It's been 32 years since Vanessa Williams appeared onstage at the Miss America pageantwhen she was the first African American woman crowned in But her run was cut short and steeped in controversy and she eventually resigned her title to first runner-up Suzette Charles. Finally on Sunday night, the former Miss America finally appeared at the pageant again, but before she began judging this year's contestants, something very important happened.
NEW YORK -- Vanessa Williams, who relinquished her Miss America crown when Penthouse magazine published sexually explicit photos of her, also had posed nude for another photographer, a Penthouse magazine spokesman said today. Miss Williams said her decision to resign was precipitated by the fear that the second set of pictures would be made public and 'people wouldn't forgive me for a second mistake,' The New York Times reported. Those pictures, taken by photographer Greg Whitman, were scheduled for publication in the January edition of Penthouse, said Sy Presten, a spokesman for the magazine's owner, Bob Guccione.
But soon thereafter, nude photos of Williams were plastered on the pages of Penthouse magazine. Horrified, the Miss America pageant board asked Williams to resign her post. Williams soon started a singing career, finding great success and then branching out into acting, again with success. Williams's parents, Milton and Helen, both worked as music educators.