Vanessa Williams to Return to Miss America for First Time in 32 Years

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Williams will be head judge of the pageant.

Vanessa Williams is returning to the Miss America stage this weekend.

For the first time since she was crowned Miss America, Williams will return to the pageant. This time as its head judge. She joins 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.

Williams made history as the first African-American woman to win the crown back in 1984. She was famously forced to resign 10 months into her reign after nude photos from her past appeared in Penthouse. Since then, Williams has become a celebrated entertainer, with TV roles, albums, and acclaimed Broadway appearances.

“We recognize that Vanessa’s return to Miss America on Sunday, September 13 is a special cultural and television moment,” said Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions, in a release. “We are both honored and excited that she will take center stage for the 95th anniversary of the competition.”

The 2016 Miss America Competition airs Sunday Sept. 13 on ABC.

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