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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.
There was a time in when Vanessa Williams was at the top of her game — she was crowned the first African American Miss America and was in hot demand in entertainment, then as we all recall, it came crashing down…hard. But first lets get to the very shocking truth that Vanessa Williams recently revealed about those nude photos and the very sad, but REAL reason why she ultimately had no choice but to drop the lawsuit she and her parents had against Penthouse Magazine over her nude pics. On what made her take the naked photos in the first place, some of which included sexual acts with another woman:.
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.
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.
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 Williams born March 18, is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African American winner of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America in September Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized  nude photographs of Williams.
It might have been the lowest point in her life, as she told People inbut the scandal that led Vanessa Williams to resign her post as Miss America also set her up for one of the greatest comebacks in entertainment history. But they did leave the studio, partly because she was identifiable: photos of Miss America in compromising positions, some of them involving another nude woman, were worth their weight in gold. TIME reported that the photographer was paid more than Penthouse had ever paid for a photo spread before.