Back in 1983, at the age of 20, Vanessa Williams was the first African American to be crowned Miss America, and she proved that she is just as stunning today.
Some beauties fade with age, but Vanessa Williams is eternal. Thirty-seven years after she won the Miss America pageant, Williams has proved that she's still as gorgeous as ever.
The actress and singer flaunted her youthful beauty at 57 in a stunning post on Instagram and wowed her 495,000 followers in an unusual outfit that showed off her lush figure.
Vanessa Williams at the SiriusXM Studios in May 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Williams shared a striking snap of herself wearing a fire-red grosgrain jacket over an unusual black knit top ornamented with leather straps and silver buckles. The silver and black theme was echoed in a daring black choker.
Williams' long hair was swept up at the crown, and tumbling over her shoulders, displaying her chain earrings. In her hand, she held a pair of dramatic black glasses, and her nails were painted black.
Fans of the ABC series "Ugly Betty" will remember Williams as the scheming villainess Wilhelmina Slater, a former supermodel addicted to fashion and Botox who is the creative director of MODE magazine.
During the series, Williams admits that one of the perks was the stunning wardrobe created for the terminally vain Slater. Williams' portrayal of Slater was acclaimed and she won two NAACP Image Awards for the role.
In 2015, thirty-two years after Williams was forced to resign her title, the Miss America pageant issued a public apology to the actress.
MOTHER OF FOUR
It is hard to believe that Williams is the mother of four grown-up children. Her oldest child is Melanie Hervey, 33, whom she shares with her former husband, Ramon Hervey II.
Williams and Hervey share two more children, Devin Hervey, 27, and Jillian Hervey, 31, a singer who has followed her mother's footsteps into music. Williams' youngest daughter is Sasha Fox, 20, whom she shares with former basketball player Rick Fox.
SCANDAL AND APOLOGY
In 1983, Williams' reign as Miss America was short-lived. A photographer she had once worked for sold nude photos of Williams and as a consequence of the scandal, the pageant stripped her of her title.
In 2015, thirty-two years after Williams was forced to resign her title, the Miss America pageant issued a public apology to the actress for the way in which she had been treated.
Fans can see Williams on the big screen in her latest film "Bad Hair which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 in which she stars alongside Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, and James Van Der Beek.