She received a scholarship to Syracuse University and went on to major in musical theatre arts.
Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, 1963 is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer.
The first African-American woman to win the Miss America title, Vanessa Williams is a singer and actress reknowned for her beauty.
She then married Jim Skrip in 2015.
Look at how naturally gorgeous Vanessa is: In the mood for more beautiful black women? Williams thus resigned as Miss America on July 22, 1984 under pressure from the Miss America Organization , and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles.
However, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, she learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue.
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She initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983.