Miss Georgia is New Miss America and Vanessa Williams Receives Apology 30 Years After Being Ripped of Crown
Winning the crown for Miss America 2015 is Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell. Only the second person from Georgia to ever win the title, Miss Georgia was thrilled saying,
‘This is so incredible. I can’t believe it. I thought I blew the on-stage question. I didn’t know what he asked me.’
Before the Miss America Pageant began, the long awaited apology that Vanessa Williams has been waiting for finally came. Vanessa Williams was ripped of her Miss America crown eight months after receiving it, when it was found out that she had posed naked for Penthouse Magazine.
Pageant executive chairman Sam Haskell made a public apology to Williams at the beginning of the show when he said,
‘I want to apologize for anything that was said or done to make you feel less of a Miss America than you are, ‘Vanessa: Welcome back! ‘You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned. On behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you.’
Williams replied by saying, ‘Thank you so much. So unexpected but so beautiful.’
To Vanessa Williams we say, it wasn’t so unexpected. Williams had been in talks with the pageant regarding the apology. The talks broke down when it was rumored the pageant wanted Williams to apologize. She refused and ultimately received her long awaited apology. So it wasn’t unexpected. At all. Read the Vanessa Williams story and see how she knew about the apology ahead of time.
Williams losing her crown in 1984, may be the best thing that ever happened to her. Because really, do you recall ANY of the previous Miss USA winners?? That’s what we thought.
Williams went on to have a very successful career on television, starring in the hit series, Desperate Housewives. She also appeared in film and Broadway and was nominated for several Grammy Awards for her album, The Right Stuff in 1988.