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Vanessa Williams gets Miss America apology — 32 years l

  
Story highlights

Vanessa Williams won the crown in 1983 and resigned after nude photos surfaced

Many said at the time she was pressured by pageant officials to give up her title

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In this Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 photo, Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. Vail isn't looking to shock the nation at the 2014 pageant, but she is trying to empower women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers, she wrote on her blog. Vail, who is competing as Miss Kansas in the 93rd edition of the pageant, announced in the blog post that she will have her two tattoos visibly exposed during the competition. She is believed to be the first contestant in the history of the pageant to do so. 

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in front) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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In this Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 photo, Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. Vail isn't looking to shock the nation at the 2014 pageant, but she is trying to empower women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers, she wrote on her blog. Vail, who is competing as Miss Kansas in the 93rd edition of the pageant, announced in the blog post that she will have her two tattoos visibly exposed during the competition. She is believed to be the first contestant in the history of the pageant to do so. 

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Beauty contestant looks different now

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idesk vo miss world winner_00002213.jpg

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in front) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Story highlights

Vanessa Williams won the crown in 1983 and resigned after nude photos surfaced

Many said at the time she was pressured by pageant officials to give up her title

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday night

(CNN)Better late than never.
Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage Sunday night, three decades after she became the first black woman to win the crown but resigned following a nude photo scandal.
Now, after all these years, the Miss America CEO apologized to Williams on stage Sunday at the Miss America 2016 pageant for the way the scandal was handled.

“I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years,” CEO Sam Haskell told Williams. “You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned.
“Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams,” Haskell said, as Williams’ eyes filled with tears. “I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be.”

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Miss Iowa is missing one key feature

In this Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 photo, Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. Vail isn't looking to shock the nation at the 2014 pageant, but she is trying to empower women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers, she wrote on her blog. Vail, who is competing as Miss Kansas in the 93rd edition of the pageant, announced in the blog post that she will have her two tattoos visibly exposed during the competition. She is believed to be the first contestant in the history of the pageant to do so. 

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Beauty contestant looks different now

exp Erin Miss Teen USA extortion_00003926.jpg

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idesk vo miss world winner_00002213.jpg

Winner stirs controversy
Whoops! Wrong beauty queen crowned

nr costello miss south carolina joke _00000213.jpg

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in front) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Miss Iowa is missing one key feature

In this Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 photo, Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J. Vail isn't looking to shock the nation at the 2014 pageant, but she is trying to empower women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers, she wrote on her blog. Vail, who is competing as Miss Kansas in the 93rd edition of the pageant, announced in the blog post that she will have her two tattoos visibly exposed during the competition. She is believed to be the first contestant in the history of the pageant to do so. 

Miss Kansas shows off her ink
Beauty contestant looks different now

exp Erin Miss Teen USA extortion_00003926.jpg

Miss Teen USA victim of sextortion case

idesk vo miss world winner_00002213.jpg

Winner stirs controversy
Whoops! Wrong beauty queen crowned

nr costello miss south carolina joke _00000213.jpg

Beauty queen sorry for trailer joke

newday sotvo miss utah fumble_00003418.jpg

Miss Utah gets shot at redemption

ac ridiculist miss universe bizarre costumes_00030608.jpg

RidicuList: Miss Universe costumes
Miss America pageant apologizes to Vanessa Williams

cnni vo miss universe israel lebanon photo_00000514.jpg

Controversy over Miss Universe selfie

Kazantsev, left, gasps after she is named Miss America.

2014: Miss New York crowned Miss America

de dnt miss delaware too old_00000013.jpg

Why this beauty queen lost her crown

Mekayal Diehl Miss Indiana_00033630.jpg

Is this the body of a beauty queen?

nr intv emme miss indiana normal body type_00014020.jpg

Is Miss Indiana’s body really ‘normal’?

pkg people magazine rejects woman gun photo_00003316.jpg

Beauty contest rejected THIS photo

dnt darlington brazil miss bum_00011209.jpg

Contest crowns country’s best booty

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in front) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

New Miss America facing race backlash

Story highlights

Vanessa Williams won the crown in 1983 and resigned after nude photos surfaced

Many said at the time she was pressured by pageant officials to give up her title

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday night

(CNN)Better late than never.
Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage Sunday night, three decades after she became the first black woman to win the crown but resigned following a nude photo scandal.
Now, after all these years, the Miss America CEO apologized to Williams on stage Sunday at the Miss America 2016 pageant for the way the scandal was handled.
“I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years,” CEO Sam Haskell told Williams. “You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned.
“Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams,” Haskell said, as Williams’ eyes filled with tears. “I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be.”

The audience — as well as the contestants on stage — erupted with applause after the apology.
Williams won the crown in 1983 and had the title for 10 months, until Penthouse magazine published nude photos of Williams that were taken before her reign.

Even though Williams resigned, many at the time said the Miss America Organization pressured or forced her to give up her title.

  

After Haskell’s apology, Williams went back to her judge’s seat and helped select the new Miss America.
That title now belongs to 21-year-old Betty Cantrell of Georgia. The Mercer University student performed the operatic song “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” during the talent portion of her competition. She will tour the country promoting her platform, “Healthy Children, Strong America.”

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