Vanessa Williams

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Oct. 18 2011, Published 3:43 p.m. ET

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Vanessa Williams first gained fame by landing the Miss America title in 1983, and being the first African American woman to do so. After scandalous photos were released, Vanessa was forced to forfeit her crown. That didn’t stop her from trailblazing a career in show business, however, and she continued on the path to success. She’s now a Tony-nominated Broadway Star, Emmy-nominated TV actress and a platinum selling recording artist. Nothing says triple threat comeback better than Vanessa! Now a single mother of four, Vanessa stars on ABC’s Ugly Betty and seems to effortlessly retain her stunning looks.

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