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Born 3/18/63

Vanessa Williams made history twice in 1984. She became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America and later the first to be stripped of that title when both Playboy and Penthouse magazine published nude lesbian and s&m themed photos of her that were taken while she was in college at Syracuse University.

Unlike most beauty queens, she didn't fade quickly into the night and become a Republican housewife in middle America. Instead she went on to enjoy a sucessful recording and acting career.

She recently married extremely sexy LA Lakers basketball player Rick Fox .