I was only a small girl when Vanessa Williams was forced to relinquish her title as Miss America. I was too young to witness the actual moment she stepped down, but I do remember hearing about the nude photos that brought such a scandal to the pageant. What I didn’t realize is that the nude photos were taken long before Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America.
I fear for young kids these days who track their every move on the Internet. Most of us make poor decisions at some point in our lives, (some worse than others), but putting all of the information out on the web is bound to catch up with more kids in the future.
Like Vanessa they will do things that their parents told them not to. Like Vanessa they will ignore the voice in their head that says they should leave the situation. Perhaps we’ll get to the point in our lives where we’ll have more forgiveness for the ill choices of teenagers.
Vanessa’s new book, You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other), begins with the story of her Miss America scandal and then details other moments and events in her life that make her the person she is today.
Each event is told from the point of view of Vanessa herself and then from the point of view of her mother Helen. It explains how both acted and reacted to these events and how they learned love one another throughout them.
I have a feel the book was cathartic for both mother and daughter. They talk a lot about regrets of the past and how they’ve grown to better understand one another.
Note: I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.