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Vanessa Williams Reaches Out to Support New Miss America in the Midst of Racism

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By: Staff Blogger

In 1983 when Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss. America, she made history. As the first African-American to win the title, little girls everywhere cheered and African-American women smiled as someone who looked like them captured one of the last bastions of racist beauty ideals.

However, not everyone embraced Williams’ win. She received hate mail from lewd racists and was even subjected to some within her own community who called into question the lightness of her skin. Although Williams’ reign was short, due to a scandal that involved inappropriate pictures, she still entered the history books of America. She also went on to have a successful acting and singing career that silenced many of her earliest critics.

No stranger to public disdain and scorn, Williams recently met with another beauty pageant trailblazer: Nina Davuluri. Davuluri was born in Syracuse, New York and is a second generation American. Her parents immigrated to the United States from India before she was born.

Shortly after her victory was announced, some took to social media questioning her American identity. Many used hateful words to describe her physical appearance and religion. Terms such as ‘terrorist’ popped up. Some even boldly questioned if her victory was a function of political correctness.

Others jumped to her defense and used the opportunity to educate the public about geography, ethnicity and religion. Many believe that she won because of her raw beauty, talent and advocacy for diversity issues which she articulated during the interview section of the fierce competition.

Recently, the two Miss. Americas met up in New York City. They posed for pictures, talked to each other and seemed to really bond.

Davuluri was in New York promoting the Miss. America brand and Williams was preparing for her performance in the Broadway play, A Trip to Bountiful.

The picture of both women together truly reflects the beauty of women of color everywhere.

101 Comments

  1. Ish Muhammad

    September 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Welcome to the United Snakes of America! The Land of the Free & Home of the Slave! Dummy

  2. TIMM DAWG

    September 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Beauty, class, style, & grace. That is the essence of Vanessa Williams. Luved dem playboy pics too!!!….YES SIRRR!!….

  3. Ann G.

    September 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I think White America has forgotten that their ancestors were not bred over here in the USA, they came by boat! For some reason, the Whites want to claim everything they can get their stealing hands on and say they own it! Well you don’t! So get the hell over it! What class Vanessa portrays by extending a hand to a beautiful young Miss America! They are both very beautiful women!

  4. Akbar

    September 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Classy lady that Vanessa is and still fine!

  5. Buckwheat

    September 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    As more and more women of color from distants parts of the planet take on western attire and fashion, their beauty and intellect far outshine that of their caucasian cousins!!! Nina Davuluri of Asia-Indian decent the newly crowned Ms. Amerika is more than another pretty-face. In addition to being drop-dead-gorgeous, she’s very smart, intelligent and extremely conversant on many current issues. The frosting on the cake is she will likely become a medical doctor after her reign as Ms. Amerika!!! Unfortunately, she had to call on Vanessa to get some advice regarding the racist, hateful reaction she received from her less beautiful and less taltened caucasian cousins!!!!!!

  6. Barbara

    September 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Nina will be just fine as time goes on. There are always racists who complain whenever a new barrier is broken.

  7. Max007

    September 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Vanessa Williams is an damn fool to support this lady. Let her and her own people deal with it. These dark skin Indians and Hindu people hate black Americans, almost as much as redneck crackers. When will if ever black Americans learn.

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