Officials of the Miss America Pageant voted unanimously today to ask the reigning queen, Vanessa Williams, to resign, after they learned that she had posed for nude pictures before her selection for the title. The pictures will be published in the September issue of Penthouse magazine. Albert A. Marks Jr. For her to ''remain as Miss America would seriously jeopardize and irrevocably damage the entire Miss America Pageant program,'' he said. He said she would have 72 hours to decide whether to resign.
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O ne of the most sensational news stories of the s involved Vanessa Williams, a beautiful young woman who was crowned Miss America in Williams claimed that the photos, taken by a New York photographer for whom she had worked as an assistant and makeup artist, were not meant to be published. She claimed that she had not signed a release permitting either the photographer or Penthouse to publish the pictures. The ensuing uproar was too much for Williams. She claimed invasion of privacy, appropriation, and copyright violation, among other charges. However, she soon learned that the remedies of the law are very expensive and time-consuming and do not always favor the victimized. She dropped the case a year later, stating that she wanted to put the matter behind her.
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Nude photographs of Vanessa Williams, the reigning Miss America, will appear in the September issue of Penthouse magazine, according to the magazine's publisher, Robert Guccione. The photographs of Miss Williams were taken before she won the beauty pageant, by a professional photographer who employed her as a receptionist, Mr. Guccione said in a telephone interview last night. The photographs show two women together in intimate sexual poses. Guccione said.
Because my mind is in the past the mid-eighties and in the gutter the porn biz for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September issue of Penthouse. How to convey the magnitude of the frenzy? Maybe this does it.