Williams was baptized at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx.
She stayed at Syracuse through her second year until she was crowned in September 1983.
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Williams was pressured to relinquish her title and was succeeded by the first runner-up, 1983,.
The following years she had small parts in 1994 , 1996 , 2000 , 2002 , and 2009 alongside Soul Food co-star Nicole Ari Parker.
Apart from her career as an actress, Williams is also a fashion designer.
In 1994, she broadened her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she replaced Chita Rivera as Aurora in the Broadway production of.