Vanessa Williams faced plenty of judgement when she was stripped of her Miss America crown back in 1984 — but the Emmy, Grammy and Tony nominee is finally turning the tables.
The Ugly Betty star revealed today on Good Morning America that she’ll serve as a judge for the pageant’s 2015 installment, airing Sunday, 9/8 ET on ABC.
Williams was the first African-American to win the title, but was forced to step down 10 months later when Penthouse magazine published nude photos she’d taken prior to the competition.
In an excerpt of an interview with GMA‘s Robin Roberts that’s set to air Thursday morning, Williams recalled the jarring juxtaposition of her image as a wholesome pageant winner against the racy photos. “That was exactly the polar opposite of purity. And I was a normal kid in the middle.”
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Over the three decades that followed, Williams added, she’s had to deal with not just being viewed as “being a Miss America, but being a scandalous Miss America.”
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