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Dance-Pop, Urban, Club/Dance, Electronic, R&B
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Vanity is the most popular stage name used by singer/actress/model Denise Katrina Matthews
Early in her career, Matthews appeared in B-movies such as Tanya`s Island and Terror Train. In 1982, she met Prince who re-named her Vanity, saying he saw his female reflection when he looked at her. Some versions of the story suggest that Prince coined the name Vagina initially, but she refused and renamed herself "Vanity" instead. Later that same year, she became the lead singer of singing group Vanity 6. Their trademark was explicit sexuality in their lyrics, performances, and attire. Prince produced the group`s biggest hit "Nasty Girl."
After one album, Vanity decided to leave her role in Vanity 6 and the proposed film Purple Rain in 1983. Vanity signed a lucrative record deal with Motown Records in 1984. She recorded two albums, Wild Animal and Skin On Skin. She also starred in a handful of movies, including The Last Dragon and the 1988 action thriller Action Jackson, in which she starred opposite Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, and Sharon Stone. She also played a villain torturing Nancy Allen`s character in 1990`s amnesia-plot TV movie Memories of Murder; the film has appeared on the Lifetime channel. She guest starred in an episode of Miami Vice in its third season; she posed for Playboy in 1988; and, in 1993, she appeared in an episode of Highlander opposite Adrian Paul.
After being turned on to cocaine, which resulted in near-fatal kidney failure, Vanity gave up her stage name and became a born-again Christian and evangelist on August 16, 1997. She travels America, and currently resides in California.
In 2005, Vanity 6`s "Nasty Girl" was redone in a tribal style by dance performer Inaya Day. Matthews is currently working on finishing her novel Blame it on Vanity.
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Denise Katrina Matthews
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Singer, Songwriter, Model, Actress, Evangelist
Patricia Matthews (model)
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Zoli Model Agency
Denise Katrina Matthews (born January 4, 1959), formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, is a Canadian former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who has turned away from performing to concentrate on evangelism. Vanity's career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.
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www.facebook.com/denise.matthews.980, www.nndb.com/people/147/000046009/, www.blameitonvanity.com/index3.php, twitter.com/blamevanity
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Soul, R&b, Funk, New Wave, Pop, Rock
Motown, A&M, Geffen, Warner Bros. (with Vanity 6)
Vanity 6, Prince, Apollonia 6, Morris Day, The Time, Nikki Sixx
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