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Sunday night during the Miss America 2016 Pageant, Vanessa Williams finally got the apology she deserved from the organization. More than three decades ago, Williams became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America before resigning when damaging nude photos came to light.

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In 1984, Williams had been Miss American for 10 months (crowned in '83) when Penthouse Magazine published the nude photos. When Williams renounced her crown, many believed that the Miss America organization had been behind the resignation.

Now 32 years later, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell took to the stage to offer the star a heartfelt apology, saying, "I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be."

Then Williams returned to the stage of Miss America for the first time in more than three decades as Head Judge to help select the new Miss America, 21-year-old Betty Cantrell of Georgia. 

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Any hard feelings? It appears not. Williams seemed genuinely moved by the speech and she called Haskell's words "so unexpected but beautiful."

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