18 March 2013 6:26 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Throw away your pageant sash and glower at America Ferrera, because it is Vanessa Williams' 50th birthday. The woman who was crowned the first black Miss America in 1984 only to have that title revoked once nude photos of her resurfaced in Penthouse rebounded to enormous fame with a staggering music, TV, and Broadway career. She's a talent and a vision and one awesome gay advocate. In 1984, she was pro-choice and pro-gay in an era when beauty pageant contestants tried their best to express forgettably palatable opinions. She's righteous, sweet, and an Hrc honoree. Love this woman. So without further ado, let's honor Vanessa Williams with a quick countdown of her five most fabulous moments. Fight me in the comments, pleeeease.

5. The kickass self-possession of "Work to Do"

I understand that Vanessa may be more well-known for "Save the Best for Last," "Colors of the Wind," and her Christmas renditions, »

- virtel

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