PEOPLE's Most Shocking Scandals

Heidi Fleiss, Interngate, the Battling Bobbitts – look at the most astonishing events of the past 30 years. By Lucy Maher


Vanessa Williams made history when she was named the first African-American Miss America on Sept. 17, 1983. But just 10 months later, Williams relinquished her title after a firestorm erupted when nude photos she had taken a year before being crowned surfaced in Penthouse. "It has never been my desire to injure the Miss America pageant," Williams said at the time.