Vanessa Williams: winning Miss America contest hurt my brand (video)
Vanessa Williams: "Being labeled a beauty queen really hurt my brand...a lot of people assume if you have a Miss anything in front of your name, it negates any sort of talent or intellect you have."
"I did [Miss America] because I was a junior in college, [and] I got scholarships every year. I had no idea that I would win...in terms of means to an end, I don't think it worked for me because my mean was I wanted to be where I am right now."
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