Vanessa Lynn Williams was born on March 18, 1963, to Milton and Helen Williams. Milton and Helen both held advanced degrees in music therefore they were perfect for getting Vanessa Williams started in Piano and the French Horn. But, it was Vanessa Williams‘ beautiful and silky voice that came naturally to her. It would become so much her love that she would continue to pursue singing through college at Syracuse University as a Theater Arts major.
As Vanessa Williams beauty and graciousness matured, she started competing in beauty pageants. Before she knew it, she had been crowned Miss New York. In doing so she would have to go on to represent New York in the Miss America pageant. So on to the pageant she went, not knowing if she could do the same thing again. But Vanessa proved everyone wrong. Vanessa Williams did do it. As a matter of fact, Vanessa Williams went on the become the first African-American to ever win the Miss America crown.
Vanessa Williams made history twice: first, in 1983, when she was became the first black woman to be chosen Miss America; and again, in 1984, when she was forced to relinquish her crown after Penthouse published photos of her taken years before. They weren’t just nude photos, but an edgy (for the time) girl/girl series of pics with a white girl where they simulated sex acts, including what appears to be a ‘rim job’, among others.