Thirty-two years after being crowned the first African-American Miss America, then becoming the first to resign, Vanessa Williams says the time is right to return to the pageant.

The Miss America Organization announced Tuesday that Williams, 52, will join the pageant as head judge for its 95th competition this year.

“It’s a new day there,” Williams said in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts. “There’s a lot of people that do feel that I should return … And they are inviting me back as an example of, ‘This is what can happen to you in your life.’

“And there might be some more surprises. So we’ll see.” 

The Miss America Pageant airs Sunday at 9pm PST on ABC.

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