You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984, when you resigned.
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.
Look at how naturally gorgeous Vanessa is: In the mood for more beautiful black women? Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, 1963 is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer.
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.