Vanessa Williams was the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984. At the time, a scandal unfolded and unfortunately for Vanessa Penthouse Magazine published unauthorized nude photographs of her. The Miss America Organization pressured her to resign her title as Miss America later that year.
Although she had to resign in disgrace, that did not stop her from finding success later, in both music and acting. Williams has had a very successful entertainment career, most recently known for her role in the TV show Ugly Betty. Vanessa has also dated her share of famous men including professional basketball player Rick Fox.