Vanessa Williams is an American actress, singer, and fashion model. She was crowned as the first African-Americans to win the Miss America title in 1983. She went on to establish herself as one of the top entertainers in television, with her shows on The Oprah Winfrey Show and her numerous roles in films and commercials. She has also won seven Emmys for her acting skills, including Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series. She currently has four True Blood seasons to date.
This is the second installment in the Vanessa Williams biographical series. In this book, we find out about her early life, her times in the show business, her relationships, and how she managed to overcome being labeled as the “Black Chicken” by some of her peers. I also really liked how she included so much about her Jamaican upbringing. While not completely relevant to the subject of her current career, it was a nice touch to include this part of her life history.
We also learned about the things that got Vanessa Williams into the show business. It was interesting to read about how her parents would struggle with adjusting to life as immigrants in New York City, where comfort Zone cuisine and Western music were the norm. Her mother would often try to encourage Vanessa to go out and experience more, to broaden her horizons.
Vanessa Williams Measurements
|24 in / 61 cm
|33 in / 86 cm
|5 ft 9 in / 174 cm
|126 lb / 57 kg
Williams made her name as a performer on the popular television program Wheel House, and her relationship with photographer Mario Cantu helped launch her career. Her many awards and accolades including multiple Golden Globe nominations led to her becoming one of the most successful women in show business. However, after decades of working with and for big name producers and network executives, she decided it was time to go from being a successful career capital to another level. She signed a contract with independent producer Scott Rudnick and he gave Vanessa Williams the opportunity to sign a multi-book deal with his company, entitled Eat Your Culture.
What makes this memoir so good is that Vanessa Williams never shirks from displaying her bitter feelings about her former union with Mario Cantu. The writing style is clear and concise, showing the audience who she is and what she has sacrificed in order to pursue her career. She reveals her frustrations about being second rate, how she tried to sabotage Mario’s deals with record labels, and how her “courageous” decision to leave him to pursue his own artistic path made things even worse. She shows the readers what truly went wrong between the two, as well as what she thinks could have been done to rectify the situation. Ultimately, Williams gives us an inside look at what it takes to make a good, great woman in the entertainment industry.
The Nasty Woman’s Guide to Hollywood and Nudity: An Erotic Memoir by Vanessa Williams is undoubtedly going to be another bestseller. Ms. Williams has proven herself to be an extremely talented performer both on and off screen. Her experience in Hollywood, her opinions on the way the industry should be changed, and her controversial public statements have earned her a considerable following. Now with this book, she hopes to offer readers an inside look on what it takes to make a star.