Williams won the crown in 1983, but was forced to resign 10 months into her reign after Penthouse published several nude photos of her.
“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,” Miss America CEO Sam Haskell said.
Read some reactions below:
My how times have changed since 1983? Vanessa Williams‘ nudity loss her the crown yet in 2000 it launches careers & realty shows for others????
– Addison (@aspirehi) September 14, 2015
- Phyllis Glassman (@prg100740) September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams was an example of gracious forgiveness during last night’s Miss USA Pageant!
- sharon glover (@sglo53) September 14, 2015
- Ruth Arotsky (@rla323) September 14, 2015
- The Red Housewife (@TheRedHouseWife) September 14, 2015
- American_Beauty (@Beauty_Kristin) September 14, 2015