32 years later, Vanessa Williams received an official apology from the Miss America pageant.
On Sunday (September 13th), Sam Haskell, the executive chairman of the Miss America pageant, apologized to the actress/singer for the way the pageant’s predecessors handled a controversy involving nude photos of Williams. Long story short, nude photos were published in Penthouse several months after she became the first African-American Miss America. Williams resigned the title in 1984.
Haskell, who was not involved with the pageant at the time, told her:
I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America and the Miss America you always will be.
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