Nearly 32 years after a controversy over nude photos resulted in Vanessa Williams having her Miss America title vacated, the organization welcomed Williams back at Sunday night’s pageant with an apology for how the situation was handled

Miss America CEO Sam Haskell welcomed Williams, who was also serving as a judge at this year’s pageant, and offered her an apology, saying to Williams, “You have lived your life with grace and dignity… On behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize.”

Williams, who became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America, called the apology, “unexpected, but so beautiful.” Read more…

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Miss America welcomes Vanessa Williams back after 32 years with an apology