THE Miss America CEO apologized to Vanessa Williams 32 years after she was forced to give up her crown following a nude photo scandal.
The actress became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983 but was dethroned the following year after nude photos surfaced months after her victory.
Appearing at the Miss America 2016 pageant on Sunday night, CEO Sam Haskell told her: “I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years. You have lived your life with grace and dignity and never was it more evident during the events of 1984 when you resigned.
“Though none of us currently in the organization were involved in it, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize for anything that was said and done to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams.â€
Haskell added: “I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America that you are and Miss America you always will be.â€
Vanessa, 53, replied: “Thank you Sam, so unexpected but so beautiful.
“I did the best that I could during my reign during 1983 to 1984. On behalf of my family and my mother in particularâ€¦ and your leadership and integrity, I love you. I love the girls and I’m so honoured.” – Daily Mirror