Ohh, burn. Vanessa Williams’ 1984 Miss America replacement, Suzette Charles, isn’t buying into the apology that Vanessa received during the Miss America 2016 pageant on Sept. 13. In fact, she claims the apology was all for show just to boost ratings!
Three decades after her nude photo scandal stripped her of her Miss America crown, Vanessa Williams, 52, was given a public apology during Miss America 2016 on Sept. 13. While Vanessa accepted the pageant’s apology, someone who wasn’t having it was her 1984 Miss America replacement, Suzette Charles, 52! Find out what she said.
Suzette, who was awarded the Miss America crown in 1984 after Vanessa was dethroned 10 months after winning the coveted prize, told Inside Edition that she was perplexed by the apology. “I don’t know what that was all about. I have a feeling that was about ratings,” Suzette told the oulet. “I think that as accomplished as she is, has worked so tirelessly for 32 years to build her career and to prove to America what she was always about, I’m not sure why she needed that apology.”
The former beauty queen also revealed that at the time of the scandal, there were rumored to be slurs thrown at Vanessa and her family, and that the apology could have been for something that happened behind the scenes.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Vanessa returned to the pageant stage as Head Judge 32 years after she was crowned the first African-American Miss America. She was, however, stripped of her crown after photos of her posing nude for Penthouse magazine before the pageant surfaced.
Miss America’s CEO Sam Haskell gave a heartfelt apology that brought tears to Vanessa’s eyes. “I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years. You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned,” Sam said during the show. “Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams.”
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the pageant’s apology was just for ratings? Let us know!
— Julianne Ishler