Career: Vanessa started her recording career in the late 1980s and had her biggest hit in 1992 with the single Save the Best for Last, which was a hit in four countries. Her career got a boost in 2007 when she was cast as Wilhelmina Slater in the US comedy Ugly Betty, and she also played Renee Perry in the seventh season of Desperate Housewives.
Relationships: She was married to her then-manager Ramon Hervey II from 1987 to 1997 and they have three children, Melanie, born in 1997, Jillian, born in 1989 and Devin, born in 1993. She married NBA basketball player Rick Fox in September 1999 and their daughter, Sasha, was born in May 2000. They divorced in 2005.
FYI: In 1983 Vanessa became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, although she resigned her title when nude photographs were published in Penthouse.