Vanessa Williams and Her Mother Receive an Apology From Miss America Organization

Williams was the first black Miss America and resigned after nude photos surfaced 32 years ago.
1:24 | 09/14/15

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Next tonight here, the public apology three decades in the making. By the way, miss Georgia was crowned the new miss America, but the big headline involves the winner from more than 30 years ago. Here tonight, ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: In an evening of high emotion -- Miss Georgia! Reporter: The newest miss America crowned Sunday night, upstaged by Vanessa Williams, back for the first time in 32 years as head miss America judge. I want to apologize to you, for anything that made you feel any less the miss America you are. Reporter: An apology for the way the organization treated Williams -- the first black miss America. Her ten-month reign rocked by scandal after nude photos she had taken two years before were published in "Penthouse" magazine, prompting the first and only resignation in the pageant's history. I do officially relinquish my title. Reporter: Williams revealed it was especially hard for her mother, in an interview with ABC's robin Roberts. There was an incredible amount of shame and humiliation that she was confronted with. Reporter: But last night, long awaited vindication for Williams and her mother. I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Ms. Helen Williams. Reporter: Insee Davis, ABC news, New York.

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