Miss America Apologizes to Vanessa Williams
Back in the 80s, Vanessa Williams made history when she became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America, but the beauty was stripped of the title when nude pictures of her surfaced.
Now, more than 30 years after the controversy, the organization has welcomed the actress back, offering her an apology for how the scandal was handled.
During last night’s pageant, Miss America’s CEO Sam Haskell took the stage with the 52-year-old to express regret about how she was treated during her reign.
He stated, “You have lived your life with grace and dignity…I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be.”
In 1983, Williams, then 21, won the Miss America title. About 10 months later, she was forced to resign after Penthouse magazine published nude images of the star.
Despite the conflict, Williams went on to enjoy a stellar career in music, film and television that has spanned three decades.
While the entertainer, who appeared as a guest judge during last night’s pageant, did not expect the apology, she said, it was “so beautiful.”
Watch the clip below from last night.