R.I.P. Denise “Vanity” Matthews


From Rolling Stone:

Vanity, a singer who collaborated with Prince, fronted the group Vanity 6 and courted controversy, died in a hospital in Fremont, California, on Monday. She was 57.

She had been battling kidney failure and abdominal illness in recent years, according to TMZ, which reported the news. The singer’s health had worsened in recent months. Four months ago, she launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for medical bills. On it, she revealed she was diagnosed with sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, which causes a blockage of the small bowel. She’d asked for $50,000 but raised less than $7,000.

With her titular trio, Vanity — who was born Denise Katrina Matthews on January 4th, 1959, in Niagara Falls, Ontario — gave pop and R&B a sexually charged makeover in the early Eighties. Vanity 6’s Prince-composed 1982 single, the funky, synthy “Nasty Girl,” reached the top spot of Billboard’s dance chart and the Top 10 of the R&B chart. As a solo artist, she scored more pop hits in the mid-Eighties, including “Pretty Mess,” “Mechanical Emotion” and “Under the Influence.” She also attracted controversy for her lecherous image, notably earning a place on the Parents Music Resource Center’s “Filthy 15” for “Strap on ‘Robbie Baby'” in 1985.

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11 thoughts on “R.I.P. Denise “Vanity” Matthews

  1. I told my brother about Denise( Vanity) and he..like me was shocked. she was my brother’s first teenage poster “love”. That was one poster he proudly displayed on his bedroom wall. Most of the guys in my school thought that she put the ” S” in sexy. Denise was the Rihanna and Beyonce of the 1980’s. with the exception of only having one hit.

    I was reading her Go fund me page and I had no idea how much pain she was in besides not knowing that she got sick again. She was discussing of how one hospital treated her like crap , slammed the door in her face.and suffered in really bad pain. In spite of it all, she kept a positive attitude about it.

    RIP Denise Matthews

    1. I was such a huge fan of hers growing up. I have followed her career even when she had issues. I just purchased her self-published autobiography on Ebay. Such a gorgeous woman. I am glad that she got a chance to turn her life around when she turned away from drugs. May she rest in peace.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Vanity’s passing away. I remember her hit “Nasty Girl” and I remember her collaboration with Prince back in the day. Being female I was never mesmerized with her looks or her sexuality, but I did respect the sister. May she rest in peace.

  3. I don’t know if they’ll ever do a film on the life of Prince. But if they do,I think this woman could easily play Vanity. The resemblance is uncanny! She looks like she could be Vanity’s daughter!

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