Vanessa Williams: On Surviving Her Nude-Photo Scandal

Williams overcame scandal with the help of her mom

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"I wouldn’t have been able to power through this if it hadn’t been for my parents. I never received any judgment from either of them. I never got, ‘How could you?’ ‘What were you thinking?’ (Although I’m sure that’s what they were thinking.) It was more like, ‘Holy smokes—this is a doozy. How are we going to get through this? Well, no ­matter—we’ll get through this!’"

—From You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other) by Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams, with Irene Zutell

 

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First published in the May 2012 issue

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