Melanie Hervey Biography: Who is Vanessa Williams’ daughter?

April 18, 2024
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Who is Melanie Hervey?

Melanie was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 30 June 1987 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, costume designer and Pilates instructor, but who’s perhaps known best for being the daughter of Vanessa Williams, a famous American actress, singer and fashion designer.

Early life and education

Melanie was raised in Los Angeles alongside her younger sister Jillian Kristin Hervey and younger brother Devin, by their mother and their father Ramon Hervey II, who was a public relations specialist; Melanie also has a half-sister Sasha Gabriella Fox from her mother’s second marriage. Her sister Jillian is today a famous dancer and singer, and is one half of the R&B duo Lion Babe.

Melanie grew up being interested mostly in dancing, and her mother found her a private instructor when she was nine years old.

She was 13 when she was ‘thrown’ into the film industry, as her mother helped her win a role in the 2000 historical romantic movie “The Courage to Love”, directed by Kari Skogland, and which starred her mother, Gil Bellows and Karen Williams, and follows Henriette who’s living in the 19th century, and has to choose between her devotion to church and love.

Melanie matriculated from a local high school in 2006, and then enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology, from which she graduated with an Associate’s degree in fashion merchandising in 2008.

Melanie’s career

Melanie has had a multi-faceted career – she worked as an intern at Henri Bendel between June and August 2005, and was in the summer of 2007 a marketing intern at the magazine “Allure”.


Her career took off in 2009, when she joined The Corcoran Group as a licensed real estate salesperson, and executive assistant to senior vice president; she was mostly in charge of opening houses and co-ordinating events and meetings. Melanie held the job for six years, while between May 2014 and July 2015, she simultaneously worked at James Perse Ent., Inc. as a key holder, in charge of opening and closing the store, managing inventory and handling the register.

Between 2007 and 2016, Melanie worked at Mellian Group as a freelance fashion stylist and creative consultant. She had numerous duties, including working as a fashion stylist with numerous famous brands and magazines, such as “Vogue” and “Vogue Germany”, while she also worked with many TV shows, including “Oprah”. Some of her clients were Chevrolet, Ray-Ban Sunglasses and Ice Breakers.

In 2015 and 2016, Melanie worked as the clientele manager at Reformation, mostly in charge of creating and maintaining the Clientele Development Program. In 2016 and 2017, she worked at Outdoor Voices as the retail sales manager, managing the staff and training new employees.

Since June 2017, she has been working at Equinox as a senior Pilates instructor, as well as between March and October 2019 working at New York Pilates as the studio director, and between January 2019 and May 2021, Melanie was a certified Pilates and Barre instructor at Namaste Wellness.

Work in the film industry

In 2007, Melanie appeared in the documentary series “E! True Hollywood Story”, and in 2013, she worked as a costume intern on the popular comedy movie “Dealin’ with Idiots”. It was written and directed by Jeff Garlin, who also starred in it alongside Steve Agee and Gina Gershon; the movie follows a comedian who’s trying to make a comedy movie about his son’s baseball team.


Love life and boyfriend

Melanie hasn’t spoken of any men (or women) whom she’s perhaps been with, as she prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, however, there are still various rumors circulating the internet, concerning her current relationship status as well as her sexual orientation.

Some of her fans believe her to be lesbian, and that this is why Melanie hasn’t been seen with any men in public. A fan has even claimed to have seen her kissing her girlfriend at a Los Angeles club, but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Melanie addressed these rumors.

There are also those who believe that she’s today perhaps in a relationship with a non-celebrity American man, but that she prefers to keep him away from the media’s attention; this hasn’t been confirmed either.

As of February 2022, Melanie seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Melanie is quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 10,000 people, while she’s uploaded more than 120 pictures onto the network; most taken during her everyday life.

She’s a huge lover of animals, with horses being her favorites; Melanie’s today an avid horseback rider.

She enjoys spending her spare time in nature, and her Instagram account is filled with pictures which feature her in woods, high up in the mountains or out on the ocean.

She’s physically highly active, and has six training sessions every week.


Melanie is into travelling, and has been all around the world, while her dream travel destination is Paris in France.

She likes to watch movies late at night, and her favorite actors and actresses are Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds and Amanda Seyfried, while a couple of her favorite films include “Dear John”, “The Notebook” and “Letters to Juliette”.

Age, height and net worth

Melanie’s age is 34. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).

As of February 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $500,000, while her mother Vanessa’s net worth is reputedly over $25 million.

Who is her mother Vanessa Williams?

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in New York City, USA on 18 March 1963 – her zodiac sign is Pisces, and she holds American nationality. She’s perhaps still known best for having been the first African-American woman to become Miss America, in 1983; a year later, the magazine “Penthouse” revealed that it would be publishing her nude photographs, and Vanessa was thus forced by Miss America Organization to drop her title, which was then given to the second-placed Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles.

Vanessa was raised in The Bronx, New York City alongside her younger brother Chris, who’s today a famous actor, by their mother Helen Tinch and their father Milton Augustine Williams Jr., who’d met at Fredonia State Teachers College, and later both taught music at elementary schools.


Growing up, Vanessa learned to play the French horn, violin and piano, and practiced jazz and classical dance. Upon matriculating from a local high school in 1981, she enrolled at Syracuse’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama, but quit two years later; the college still presented her with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2008.

She gained recognition as a singer when she sang “Happy Days Are Here Again” during the 1983 Miss America pageant, and her debut album “The Right Stuff” was released in 1988; the album’s third single – “Dreamin’” – became a huge hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. The album has since been certified platinum, and won Vanessa a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award.

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Her second album “The Comfort Zone”, is believed to be her best by most critics. It was released on 20 August 1991, and spawned the hit singles “Running Back to You”, “Just for Tonight” and “Save the Best for Last”. Vanessa’s following albums were “The Sweetest Days”, released in 1994, the Christmas album “Star Bright”, released in 1996, and the 1997 album “Next”. She has since released only three albums, with the most recent, “The Real Thing” in 2009; Vanessa revealed in April 2018 that she was working on a new album, but it remains unknown what has happened to its production.

She’s also a successful actress, having appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series. Vanessa made her debut TV series appearance in the 1980 musical drama “A Capitol Fourth”, and her debut film appearance in the 1987 crime comedy “The Pick-up Artist”.

In 1995, she starred as Rose Alvarez in the TV adaption of the play “Bye Bye Birdie”, and played the lead character Nymph in the 1997 mythology adventure mini-series – “The Odyssey”.

Vanessa was the star of the 2001 historical movie “The Courage of Love”, while a couple of her other notable performances have been in the comedy series “Ugly Betty”, in which she starred between 2006 and 2010, the mystery comedy series “Desperate Housewives” in 2011, and the 2016 fantasy adventure series “The Librarians”.

For her acting skills, she has won 13 of the 71 awards for which she’s been nominated, including three Primetime Emmy nominations.

Vanessa has revealed that she was sexually abused by a woman when she was 10, and that she had an abortion while still attending high school. She married her first husband Ramon Hervey II in 1987, and they divorced in 1997. She married her second husband Rick Fox, a former professional basketball player, in 1999, but they divorced in 2004. Since 2015, Vanessa has been married to the businessman Jim Skrip.

She’s a supporter of the LGBT community and same sex marriage.

Martha Clifford

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