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R.I.P Vanity.  Thank you for the memories.  We loved you, even when it was hard for you to love yourself.  Damn girl.  Rocked our worlds: out of Prince protege former tet et tet with Rick James 1980’s nowhere, then mid-1990’s you semi-disappeared.

Then, you go and die on us, rather young-ish at 57.  Still, it was solace as long as we knew you were with us here on earth, notwithstanding being out of our sight and google query.  We know you had that freebase monkey on your back, back in the day.  We prayed with you when you OD’d, ending up on kidney dialysis, married/divorced an NFL football player, who went to prison.

We applauded when you turned your life around. Never mind that it was buzzkill for us to find that our best and favorite “nasty girl” started preaching the word at us – denouncing Prince – and her former self, VANITY – both of whom we’ve loved always, nevertheless.  It confused all of us other Nasty Girls and nasty people out here!  You were drop-dead gorgeous.  Thank you for bestowing a twinkle of your star power in our eyes.  Not many of us can really judge.  Thank you for the eye candy that was you.  When we were coming of age, we did as you’d done.  May the entertainment art persona that was VANITY, and Denise both Rest in Peace.  A tad naughty and fair beautiful swan, forever in our youth-sexual-coming-of-age psyches.  We needed your sexual liberation.  Sorry that didn’t always result well in your personal life.  Too bad though Denise: You will always be VANITY to us.

©2016 BlackSuede


“Denise Katrina Matthews (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016), better known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, who turned away from her music and acting career to concentrate on Christian evangelism.  Her career lasted from the early–1980s until the mid–1990s. She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983. The group were well known for their 1982 R&B/funk hit “Nasty Girl“. Vanity’s music career also included two solo albums on the Motown Records label, Wild Animal and Skin on Skin, as well as the hit singles “Pretty Mess“, “Mechanical Emotion“, Undress (from the movie Action Jackson), and “Under the Influence“. She also had a successful film career, starring in the movies The Last Dragon52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson.Throughout the 1980s to the mid–1990s, Vanity appeared in many magazines around the world.  She died on February 15, 2016 at age 57 due to renal failure.”

Information Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanity_%28singer%29

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