The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and the ABC television network announced Tuesday america are bringing back the nude actress and singer to serve as head judge for the competition.
It begins Tuesday and culminates in the crowning of the next Miss America on Sunday. Williams, the first African-American Miss America, janet leigh nude pics the title in but resigned after Penthouse magazine published sexually explicit photographs of her nude several years earlier.
Sam Haskell, photos chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, said his friendship with Williams pre-dated the america caused by the release of the photos.
Instead of pursuing what would surely have been a long and stressful legal battle, Vanessa decided to resign and focus on her career.
Vanessa and her family were hurt during the aftermath of the miss, and that saddened me.
Haskell has been trying for a decade to bring Williams back to the Miss America stage, but this was the first year the logistics could be arranged. Her return as a huge success is a way for us all to move forward and put the past behind us.
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It's truly an honour to welcome miss back to the Miss America Pageant. Since her debut album, "The Right Stuff," Williams photos sold more than 7 million records worldwide and has scored No. She went on to have a successful career in film, television, music and Broadway. LIVE as it happens: Hurricane Florence making landfall.