Vanessa Williams

It’s Great Miss America Finally Apologized to Vanessa Williams, But Beauty Pageants Are Still Irredeemable


Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America in 1983, the year I was born. She was stripped of her crown ten months later, when she resigned under pressure —  nude pictures she’d previously taken surfaced and were published in Penthouse magazine, enveloping her in scandal. So: an organization that existed to judge women on the grace of their bodies felt it necessary to slut-shame Williams for exposing hers.
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