Preloading

Vanessa Williams Reflects on Becoming the First Black Miss America

Season 4 Episode 407
Aired on 07/13/2014 | CC tv-14
In 1984, a Syracuse University junior named Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America—the first African-American woman to hold the title. Watch as Vanessa reveals how she prepared for the pageant and why she says she was there "to have a good time."

More from this episode
Watch OWN