Vanessa Williams Biography

Vanessa Williams is an American actress, singer and fashion designer. Before she ever got into singing and acting she was known for winning the Miss America Beauty award. She was also the first African American woman to do so. But things did not end well with her Miss America career as because of a scandal she was forced to abdicate the crown.

Nevertheless, Vanessa Williams started a successful sinning career after that and released her first album titled “The Right Stuff” in 1988 and reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with her song “Dreamin.” She then went on to make two more albums, “The Comfort Zone” (1991) and “The Sweetest Days” (1994), which had even more success to them as she received multiple Grammy Awards for them. In total Vanessa released 8 studio albums and the last one was “The Real Thing” in 2009.


Vanessa Williams in “Ugly Betty”

Vanessa Williams also made a great transmission to acting and managed to have a very successful career there. She started off with smaller TV Series roles during the 80s, but it was during the 90s where she had the most success and received her most memorable roles. Some of them include “Eraser” (1996) and “Shaft” (2000) but her most prestigious one was in “Soule Foo” (1997) for which she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. She also had great success on TV with her most memorable role being that of Renee Perry on “Desperate Housewives” and Wilhelmina Slater on “Ugly Betty,” for which she was nominated twice for an Emmy award.

Vanesa Williams is an activist in many fields in society and has often dabbled in charity work and supports people in their dire need. She supports gay rights and same sex marriages, and has participated in many human rights campaign to help the needy. In 2006, Vanesa Williams also launched her fashion brand simply titled V by Vanesa Williams for EVINE Live.


Vanessa Williams as a model

Vanessa Williams Net Worth and Salary

Vanessa Williams’ great success from the various fields that she has dabbled in and became successful in has helped her become not just famous but also very rich. She is extremely well off and enjoys the lifestyle of a celebrity but manages it very smartly. Her current net worth is estimated at being 28 million dollars now.

Partner and Family

Vanessa Williams has actually been married for a total of three times. Her first husband was Ramon Harvey II and they got married in 1987. Harvey is actually a public relations specialist and Vanessa hired him to help her with her career after the scandal with the Miss America contest. He did much more than that and they even had three children together, Melanie, Jillian Harvey and Devin. They finally got a divorce in 1997. Vanessa got married again only two years after her initial divorce and after briefly dating the NBA players Rick Fox, they ended up getting married. From that marriage they got one child together, a daughter named Sasha Gabriella Fox. Vanessa and Rick got a divorce in 2004. Vanessa’s last marriage is the current one which came most recently. In 2015, she married a businessman Jim Skrip, from Buffalo, New York. They are still together but they do not have any children yet. It may seem that this one is the one Vanessa decided to be steady with.


Vanessa Williams married Jim Skrip in 2015


Vanessa Williams was born as Vanessa Lynn Williams on 18th March, 1963 in Bronx, New York. She is currently 54 years old. Her mother is Helen Tinch and her father is Milton Augustine Williams Jr. and they were both elementary school music teachers and they also taught their daughter singing as well. They raised her as a Roman Catholic, but her mother was initially a Baptist, but converted when she married her husband. She also has a brother named Chris, who is also an actor. He and Vanesa grew up in a predominantly white middle class suburb part of New York, so her education went on smoothly. She attended the Syracuse University and joined the Syracuse College Visual and Performing Arts in 1981. She stayed there during her sophomore year but was crowned Miss America in 1984 and needed to leave. But Vanessa would get her graduate degree 25 years later as she was given the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Williams’s family photo

Height and Weight

Being a former Miss America winner Vanessa Williams is still able to look fashionable and slender as she ever did. She is n extremely beautiful woman even in her early 50s. She is constantly maintaining her physique and looks as great as she ever has. Her weight is 149 lbs (68 kg) and her height is 5’6″ (168 cm). As far as her body measurements go they are 37-27-39 inches (94-69-99 cm).

Is Vanessa Williams a Lesbian?

Vanesa Williams is certainly not a lesbian and nor has she had any implications of being so. She is supportive of gay and lesbian rights though. She supports same sex marriages and says so publicly. But privately she likes men and is a heterosexual woman.

Vanessa Williams Nationality and Ethnicity

Vanessa Williams is born in America making her nationality American while her ethnic group is African American.

Vanessa Williams Scandal

When Vanessa Williams got her Miss America title, she was the first African American woman to do so. But she was never able to fulfill her full mandate because of a scandal that emerged. Just a few weeks prior to her end of mandate as Miss America, Penthouse published some nude photos of her in a magazine. These photos were never authorized by Williams but the damage was already done and her reputation as Miss America forever tarnished. She was forced to abdicate her title and was pressured to do so by the Miss America Organization. She had to give her title to the runner up, which was Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles.

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Born:,March 18 1963
Ethnicity:,African American
Religion:,Roman Catholic
Profession:,Actress and singer
Net Worth:,$ 28 million
Hair Color:,N/A
Eye Color:,Blue
Height:,5’6″ (168 cm)
Weight:,149 lbs (68 kg)
Married to:,Jim Skrip
Affair with:,N/A
Children:,4 (Melanie – Jillian Harvey – Devin – Sasha Gabriella Fox)
Birth Sign:,Pisces
Education:,Syracuse University

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