Vanessa Williams Is Making Her Miss America Comeback


Vanessa Williams is returning to the stage that crowned her a beauty queen after 32 years. The former Miss America (who won the crown in 1984) will serve as Head Judge for the 2016 Miss America Competition, the Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced in a press release (Sept. 8).

“Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the first African American to win the competition when she was crowned Miss America 1984, and she went on to conquer the worlds of music, Broadway, television, and film,” said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization. “It is a great honor to welcome her back to the competition as our Head Judge.”

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The multi-faceted entertainer has racked up accolades in film, television and on Broadway, including a Golden Globe, Grammy and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney favorite Pocahontas. She joins the Miss America broadcast with a star-studded line-up including host Chris Harrison, co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, Music Curator Nick Jonas and celebrity judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Danica McKellar, Kevin O’Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya.

Watch the beauty behind the madness as 52 women compete for the title in the 2016 Miss America Competition this Sunday, September 13 (9-11 p.m./ET) on ABC.