Nude photographs of Vanessa Williams, the reigning Miss America, will appear in the September issue of Penthouse magazine, according to the magazine's publisher, Robert Guccione. The photographs of Miss Williams were taken before she won the beauty pageant, by a professional photographer who employed her as a receptionist, Mr. Guccione said in a telephone interview last night.
It's been 32 years since Vanessa Williams appeared onstage at the Miss America pageantwhen she was the first African American woman crowned in But her run was cut short and steeped in controversy and she eventually resigned her title to first runner-up Suzette Charles. Finally on Sunday night, the former Miss America finally appeared at the pageant again, but before she began judging this year's contestants, something very important happened.
General Media Communications, which oversees the publication, announced Friday that Penthouse would be released in a digital format moving forward, with subscriptions transferring to the Penthouse Magazine Website. As part of the move, Penthouse has shuttered its magazine division in New York, moving all operations to its Los Angeles headquarters. Subscribers, the magazine says, will receive instructions on how to convert their accounts.
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Originally published by the Daily News on July 24, Vanessa Williams, Miss Americagave up her crown yesterday at the request of pageant officials in a scandal over nude, sexually explicit photographs of her that appeared in Penthouse magazine. The pageant's first runnerup, Suzette Charles, last year's Miss New Jersey, was installed as the new Miss America for the two remaining months of Williams' reign.
It might have been the lowest point in her life, as she told People inbut the scandal that led Vanessa Williams to resign her post as Miss America also set her up for one of the greatest comebacks in entertainment history. But they did leave the studio, partly because she was identifiable: photos of Miss America in compromising positions, some of them involving another nude woman, were worth their weight in gold. TIME reported that the photographer was paid more than Penthouse had ever paid for a photo spread before.
She's used to the raised eyebrows, the questions and the curiosity. But, Alyson Zamkoff, AS '96, isn't at all embarrassed that she's celebrating her first full year as managing editor of what, in the old days, would have been referred to as a "girlie" magazine. Sure, parts of it," she says. This is not a schlocky publication and it's not anything I'm embarrassed to be associated with.
Williams originally made history on September 17,when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. Inwhile working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt.
Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America in However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue.