Suzette Charles was Miss America 1984. She ascended to the Miss America crown and served as Miss America 1984 for seven weeks after Vanessa Williams was forced to resign from the position that July.
Career After the Crown
Charles won the preliminary talent award for her vocal performance at Miss America 1984. She went on to use her vocal abilities to record a hit single, "Free to Love Again," in 1993 with RCA Records. Since then, Charles has been signed to three different labels and sang with Stevie Wonder, Alan King, Joel Grey, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby and Frank Sinatra.
In the late 1980s, she acted on the CBS television series Frank’s Place. She also toured with comedian Alan King and Joel Grey and had a short role on Black Entertainment Television (BET), co-hosting a brief entertainment show.
Charles married ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Bley. They are parents to son, Ilan, and daughter, Hannah.
Calls for Board Resignation
On August 16, Miss America 2018 released a letter containing shocking allegations of mistreatment at the hands of Miss America Organization Chair Gretchen Carlson and President/CEO Regina Hopper. Carlson later responded saying that Mund's letter cost the organization dearly and that she should not have gone public with the information. On August 20, 19 former Miss Americas came together to call for the official resignation of both Carlson and Hopper.
Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles and Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone McCallum were interviewed by Megyn Kelly on the Today Show about the future of the Miss America Organization and the shocking allegations.
Charles was a Presidential Scholar her senior year in high school and won a full scholarship to Temple University. She served only seven weeks as Miss America, the shortest term a Miss America has served. Charles is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.