Miss New York, Vanessa Williams, right, poses with Jo Ann Miller, who was Miss New York
in 1973, at a champagne reception honoring Williams in August 1983. A month later,
Williams would arrive in Atlantic City, N.J., to compete for the 1984 Miss America crown.
Her presence was immediately noticed by pageant insiders, who quickly revised their
predictions about who might win. (Ron Frehm/AP)
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