Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipien…
Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in 1983. However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. Amid growing media controversy and scrutiny, Williams resigned as Miss America in July 1984, and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell offered her a public apology for the events of 1984.
- Born: Mar 18, 1963 (age 54) · Bronx, NY
- Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
- Net worth: $28 million USD (2016)
- Spouse: Jim Skrip (m. 2015) · Rick Fox (m. 1999 - 2005) · Ramon Hervey (m. 1987 - 1997)
- Children: Jillian Hervey (Daughter) · Melanie Hervey (Daughter) · Sasha Gabriella Fox (Daughter)· Devin Hervey (Son)
- Education: Syracuse University · Horace Greeley High School