Why Vanessa Williams Never Thought She'd Win Miss America (VIDEO)

July 12, 2014 1:44 AM

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Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. In her interview for "Oprah's Master Class," Williams says never believed it was really possible for her to win before she actually took the crown.

Williams was a theatre major at Syracuse University and says she had no interest in pageants at first. She blew off the idea until her junior year, when she entered the Ms. Greater Syracuse Pageant – and won. "Then I ended up winning Syracuse, New York and Miss America in September within six months...

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