Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first American woman with African ancestry to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
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