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Vanessa Williams Penthouse Scandal The September 1984 issue of Penthouse magazine was responsible for two major scandals. First, the issue featured explicit, raunchy photographs of recently crowned Miss America Vanessa Williams, some of which showed her getting, ahem, friendly with another female. (They were actually test photos taken by a photographer friend of Williams and not meant for publication.) Nevertheless they were acquired by the magazine and prominently featured in its 15th anniversary edition. It was a huge seller, netting a profit of $14 million for Penthouse. The subsequent uproar caused Williams to voluntarily relinquish her Miss America title. The second controversy did not surface for nearly two full years: The Pet of the Month in that very same issue was rising adult film star Traci Lords. In 1986 it was revealed that Lords was only 16 years old at the time of the photo shoot.
Tags: Penthouse  magazine  Vanessa  Williams  Traci  Lords 
Added: 14th December 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-12-14 
But on the bright side Vanessa Williams career and life bounced back. There's a silver lining. Penthouse isn't even relevant anymore.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-12-15 
Was Penthouse ever relevant?

I recall when this scandal broke, a local radio host in my neck of the woods criticized Vanessa Williams--but not for the raunchy photos. He criticized her for meekly relinquishing the Miss America crown instead of saying to the beauty pageant poohbahs, 'Yeah, I'm in those photos. What are you going to do about it?'
Posted by: Pfc on 2011-12-16 
When we were 14 Penthouse was relevant!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-12-16 
Posted by: Classico on 2011-12-28 
Traci Lords later went into legit Hollywood stardom appearing in numerous TV/movie shows.
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