Vanessa Williams - Updated May 2023

Vanessa Williams is a popular American singer, actress, former Miss America, fashion designer, and social media star. Vanessa Williams came into recognition after becoming Miss America in 1984.

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Vanessa Williams

Early Life

Vanessa Williams was born on March 18, 1963, and is currently 59 years old. She was born in The Bronx, New York, United States, and therefore is American by nationality. Similarly, she is from a Christian family and her zodiac sign is Pisces. Similarly, her ethnicity is Afro-American Descent.

Talking about her parents, she was born to her father Milton Augustine Williams Jr., and her mother Helen Tinch. Milton and Helen were music professors. Similarly, she also has a brother named Chris Williams. Brought up in a musical environment, she gains an interest in music in her childhood.


Moving toward her educational background, Vanessa completed her schooling at Horace Greeley High School. Later, she studied at Syracuse University on a merit list and graduated with a degree in Musical Theater Arts.


Enhancing her favorite things and hobbies, Vanessa is a fan of actor Will Smith and actress Jennifer Lopez. Similarly, she loves Italian cuisine. In addition, she loves reading, theatre play, playing musical instruments, and artwork. Her favorite color is red and her dream holiday destination is Greece.

Vanessa Williams – Net Worth 2023

The multi-talented singer has earned a successful amount of money. According to online sources, she has a net worth of around $30 million US dollars. Likewise, she earns mostly from her singing career and from her acting career.

Professional Life and Career

Music Career

Vanessa jumped into the music industry with her debut album “The Right Stuff” (1988). The three singles “The Right Stuff”, “He’s Got the Look”, and “Dreamin” went superhit on the R&B chart and Billboard Hot 100.  Similarly, her next album “The Comfort Zone” (1991) is the most successful album.

Songs like “Running Back To You”, “Just for Tonight”, and “The Comfort Zone” hit the biggest success. In addition, her third album is “The Sweetest Days” (1994) and her other Christmas albums are “Star Bright” (1996) and “Silver & Gold” (2004). In this way, she has done very well in her music career.

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Caption: Vanessa singing in a live show (source:

Acting Career

Vanessa has appeared in several TV shows and movies. Her first TV show was “The Love Boat” in 1984. In 1960, she portrayed the role of Rose Alvarez in “Bye BYe Birdie”. After that, she has been appearing in a number of shows. Some of the popular ones include “The Odyssey” (1997), “Ugly Betty”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Daytime Divas”, and many more. Her amazing acting skills have earned her huge fans and followers.

Along with TV shows, she has also played in some movies such as “Soul Food” (1997), “My Brother” (2007), “Eraser”, “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland”, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”, and many more.

Fashion Career

Vanessa owns her own clothing line named “V. by Vanessa Williams”. She launched it in March 2016.


To date, Vanessa has won 27 different awards and has around 58 nominations. Firstly, she won the title of Miss America in 1984. Similarly, some other awards won by her are “The NAACP Awards” (1989), “Billboard Music Award” (1993), “Best Actress Miniseries” (2003), “Theatre World Awards” (1994), “Satellite Awards”, “Emmy Awards”, “Teen Choice Awards” (2007), “Ride of Fame” (2012), and many more.

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Caption: Vanessa giving speech after taking her award (source:

Relationship Status

Vanessa has been married three times. Her first marriage was with Ramon Hervey in 1987. Harvey was a public relations specialist. The couple share three children together; Melanie, Jillian Harvey, and Devin. However, they got divorced in 1997. Similarly, in 1999, she married an NBA basketball player Rick Fox. They have a daughter named Sasha Gabriella Fox. This couple broke up in 2004.

At present, she is married to Jim Strip. Jim is a businessman. The marriage was held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in 2015. She is now living a happy life with Jim.

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Caption: Vanessa and Jim’s wedding picture (source:

Body Measurements

Vanessa has maintained a fit and attractive body. She is 5 feet 6 inches (1.68m) tall and weighs around 69 kg (147 lbs.). Similarly, her bra cup size is 38B and her shoe size is 6 inches (UK). Her actual body measurements (Chest-Waist-Hips) are 40-32-38 inches. Furthermore, she has brown hair with a pair of beautiful blue eyes.

Vanessa Williams – Social Media

Vanessa is active on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has over 514k followers on Instagram, a huge 1.3 million followers on Facebook, and more than 282.3k followers on Twitter. Likewise, she has shared beautiful pictures on social media.