Vanessa Williams Pens Autobiography

The Root Recommends: A new book by the former Miss America and her mother.


After more than 30 years in the spotlight, former, and first black, Miss America Vanessa Williams has finally released her highly anticipated and long-overdue autobiography, You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other).

From her childhood ambition to attend Yale's School of Drama to her nude photo scandal that shook the 1980s pageant world, Williams, along with her mother, Helen, recounts her eventful journey to fame while expressing thanks for family ties and friendship.

You Have No Idea is now available online and in bookstores.

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