February 16, 2016

Goodbye to Vanity.

Denise Matthews, the artist formerly known as Vanity, has died. She was 57.
After she met Prince at the American Music Awards, he helped her form the Vanity 6, three women who had a hit in 1982 with “Nasty Girl.”... She thrived on raciness, often appearing in lingerie. “My music is very sexual, so you could say I’m just putting all of me out there,” she told The Associated Press in 1985. She was on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1983, with Prince, and of Playboy in 1988....

Ms. Matthews later said that the fast life had taken its toll, describing herself as “extremely wild” to Jet magazine in 1993. “There was a lot of cocaine,” she said. “I tried men, women, everything. I didn’t snort cocaine, I smoked it.”
She nearly died of renal failure in 1990, after which she dropped the name Vanity and "became a Christian evangelist." She was married for a short time to "the N.F.L. player Anthony Wayne Smith, who was sentenced to life in prison for murder last month."

8 comments:

rhhardin said...

in vain

The ostrich,

14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear

EDH said...

Vanity dies, Trump rises?

traditionalguy said...

Rock star meets Jesus in person. Rejoicing heard in the Heavens.

Bay Area Guy said...

She was hot 25 years ago. The kidney transplant and all the drugs sadly took their toll on her.

David said...

She's my Scalia. Never heard of her. Based on her looks I don't think I would have forgotten.

virgil xenophon said...

One of the most exotically beautiful women of any race of any time--and talented too. What a waste..

Anthony said...

Indeed. She was one of the most beautiful women in the whole 1980s MTV scene. I didn't care a whole lot for her music, but she played her looks to the max which I for one appreciated in and of itself. I was glad she mended her ways, although she did kind of go the loopy Xian route (IMO).

Anyway, I hope she found and finds peace.

jr565 said...

I always got her confused with Apollonia, the woman who was in purple rain and another one of princes protege's. Vanity I think actually had talent and wasn't just a pretty face. (Apollonia may also have had talent but I never heard her sing)

Sorry to hear of her passing.