In this Sept. AP Photo, File. The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and the ABC television network announced Tuesday they are bringing back the award-winning actress and singer to serve as head judge for the competition. It begins Tuesday and culminates in the crowning of the next Miss America on Sunday.
There She Is, Miss America!
Miss America Pageant Chairman Apologizes For Nude Photo Scandal – CBS Sacramento
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 in , when 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. In today's society, nudity is much more common for celebrities and is often celebrated. From Kim Kardashian's "breaking the Internet" in with her nude photo spread in Paper magazine to Sharon Stone's more recent baring it all in Harper's Bazaar, there seems to be hardly anyone left who hasn't stripped down. Some argue that Kardashian wouldn't even be famous were it not for her appearance in a sex tape, and most actors barely blink an eye at doing nude scenes in movies or in magazines.
Vanessa Williams Penthouse Photos: Magazine's Most Infamous Spread
It might have been the lowest point in her life, as she told People in , but 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. The statement that Williams ultimately made was that she was more than a racy photo spread — and more than Miss America.
Williams felt pressured by Miss America Pageant officials to resign, and did so in a press conference on July 23, Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In , she became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America , but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her.