• VANESSA WILLIAMS 
 photo | Vanessa Williams

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Published: Wednesday December 07, 2011 17:00 PM EST

2011

VANESSA WILLIAMS

Miss America 1984
Perhaps the most famous of the fallen beauty queens, Williams, 48, resigned as Miss America in July 1984 after nude shots from her pre-pageant days came to light – and ended up in Penthouse. But Williams had the last laugh, going on to successful careers in music and TV.