Ms. Vanessa was THE FIRST African American woman to win Miss America in 1984. Scandal followed, but she prevailed and became an even bigger success. Vanessa Williams earned Grammy, Emmy and Tony nominations. I LOVED HER on Ugly Betty and was so sad when the show wrapped. She is now on Desperate Housewives, and I hope her success continues. What I like most about her is that shes not one of those over-the-top celebrities. Its evident that she knows who she is, knows what she wants, and is aware of what she can do. That confidence and self-assurance is an inspiration.