Vanessa Williams received quite an apology on Sunday night during the 2016 Miss America competition.
During the opening of the big show, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to Williams for how things were handled when the beauty was forced to give up her crown back in 1984. “I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for thirty two years. You have lived your life with grace and dignity and never was it more evident during the events of 1984 when you resigned,” Haskell told Vanessa, who ten months into becoming the first African American Miss America resigned after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her.
Haskell continued, “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.”
He added, “I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America that you are and the Miss America that you always will be.”
The actress returned to Miss America after a whopping 32 years and served as head judge for the main event which aired live on ABC. The beauty told Haskell that the apology was “so unexpected but so beautiful. I love the girls and I’m so honored to be back.”
Zendaya Coleman also joined Williams in judging the big show. The actress stunned in gorgeous, silver Michael Kors gown and looked like she could have been a runner up herself.
As for who was granted the coveted crown, Miss Mississippi, Betty Cantrell.
Congrats to the winner.
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