Ten months later, nude photos of Williams that were taken when she worked as a photography assistant and thought had been destroyed were released in Penthouse without her consent. The story goes that the photos were offered to Penthouse after Hugh Hefner turned them down for Playboyciting the unscrupulous nature in which they had been offered. The whole scandal was messily drawn out in the media, and with sponsors threatening to pull out of the competition, Williams was pressured by Miss America to resign her title.
Sam Haskell, executive chairman of the Miss America pageant, apologized to the entertainer for the way the pageant's predecessors handled a controversy involving nude photos of Williams. The photographs were published in Penthouse several months after she became the first African-American Miss America. Williams resigned the title in July
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.
Photos: 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet arrivals. Photos: 'Game of Thrones' stars walk the red carpet at Season 8 premiere. Nude photographs of Miss Williams and another woman surfaced, forcing her to relinquish her title.
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.
When nude photos of a celebrity surface nowadays, it's often rumored that the star may have "leaked" them. That was far from the case inwhen Vanessa Williams resigned as Miss America after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her that had been taken before her month reign. She stood on the brink of obscurity after the scandal but battled back to have a successful career in music and television.
Vanessa Williams is staging the ultimate comeback! The multi-hyphenate entertainer returns to Miss America more than three decades after she resigned following a nude photo scandal. The Ugly Betty actress, 52, was the first African-American woman to win the crown inbut when Penthouse magazine published nude photos from her past, Williams resigned her post.
Williams originally made history on September 17,when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. Inwhile working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt.
YouTube After three decades, Vanessa Williams got an apology from the Miss America pageant for the way she was treated after winning the crown in Williams — the first black woman to win Miss America — was forced to forfeit her title in after Penthouse published nude photos of her. The photos were taken before she won Miss America and were published without her permission, but the controversy was big enough that she gave up her crown at a press conference 10 months later.
Search Submit. Though this was one of the lowest moments in her life, the scandal that cost her the crown did not stop her from success as it set her up for one of the greatest comebacks in entertainment history, according to TIME. Support Pan-African Journalism Subscribe. When she was crowned as Miss America in Septembershe gained wide acclaim for being the first African-American winner of the title but on July 23,few weeks before the end of her reign, she handed over her crown.