Vanessa Williams Abortion
April 18, 2012 by staff
Vanessa Williams Abortion, In the new book “You Have No Idea,” Vanessa Williams and her no-nonsense mother Helen Williams give an often hilarious and moving mother-daughter take on Vanessa’s many professional achievements, as well as her sometimes rocky personal life.
The book pulls no punches. Vanessa discusses in depth the nde photo scandal that abruptly ended her reign as the first African-American Miss America, writes movingly of being sexually molested as a child, and reveals she had abortion as a teenager.
Fox411: Why did you decide to write a book now?
Vanessa Williams: I’d been approached a bunch of times to do a memoir but I never felt it was the right time because I felt I had a lot of living to do. I had a done a mother/daughter piece for Oprah maybe five years ago and they called me last year saying they wanted me and my mom on again. I said, ‘Huh, there’s something here with our relationship.’
People that have grown up with me and know my mom know she’s a character. Anything that happens in my life, my friends say, ‘What did Helen say?’ She’s legendary in her own right. I thought well this is a much more interesting story, our parallel experiences, to see how a mother protects, a mother defends and being a mother of four myself, I could completely relate to what she was going through. It was a great spin on it.
Fox411: You write of how you were molested as a young girl.
Williams: When I was structuring the book, one of the ideas was to start it off with the [Miss America] press conference, speech, and legal team, all of that stuff. One of the questions I was asked [by my lawyers before the press conference] was if I’d ever had any relations with women and I said, ‘Well I was molested as a child by a woman,’ and they said that might come up. That’s when I said I don’t want to fight anymore. I’ve been raked over the coals already so that was a pivotal moment for me not to be dragged through the mud anymore.
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