In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the country's first black Miss America.
Then, less than a year later, she was forced to resign when Penthouse magazine published photos of her posing naked with another woman.
So, in sum: A pageant based on judging women for their looks disgraced a woman for, ultimately, showing off her looks. Apparently, sexualizing women's bodies is only OK if Miss America signs off on it.
Somehow, though, the pageant got Williams to return to its stage not only as a performer but also as a head judge last night.
After covering Amy Grant's "Oh How the Years Go By," the unexpected (well, actually, it was pretty expected) happened: Miss America's CEO, Sam Haskell, hopped onstage to apologize to the dethroned beauty queen.