Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Diahann Carroll, Kerry Washington
  • Vanessa Williams, Nina Davuluri
  • Jay Z, J. Cole
  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee
  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah
  • Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart
  • Prince, Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson
  • Chris Rock, Richard Pryor
  • Michael Jackson, Usher
  • Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys

Vanessa Williams and Nina Davuluri

Thirty years before Davuluri was crowned the first Indian American winner of the Miss America pageant, Williams made history as the first Black woman to win the title. But the similarities don't stop there. Both beauties represented New York in the competition, and — sadly — also faced racism after their groundbreaking wins.  Williams said: "I had to deal with it at 20, and she’s dealing with the same issue at 24. I told her she was a trailblazer, and if she ever needed any advice to please call.”

(Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

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