This Day in History July 23, 1984

By Ruth on July 23, 2014 in African American History, history

This was a major scandal for the first African-American Miss America.  On this date in 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign. Penthouse published old nude photos that she never authorized and had assumed were destroyed. No matter–she kept her crown and scholarship money.  And she went on to a fantastic,  award-winning career.

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  1. Rita Spratlen July 23, 2014 Reply

    Very interesting about this story. It is hard to believe how sometimes bad things make for good things.

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