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Vanessa Williams

Miss America PageantSpider (music group)Vanessa WilliamsUgly Betty (tv program)
In 1984, Williams crashed the color barrier when she became the first African American to be named Miss America. But her victory was short-lived after nude photos of her, with lesbian overtones, were published by Penthouse. Williams was forced to abdicate her crown, but the actress-singer has... D Dipasupil / Getty Images
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