The first and only album ever recorded by Prince 's girl group, Vanity 6, arrived in August The self-titled project was named for the band's lead singer, and Prince's one-time love interest, Vanity Denise Katrina Matthews. But it was the album's follow-up hit, " Nasty Girl ," which solidified Vanity 6's place on the charts and as a memorable spot on Prince's '80s cannon. The synth-laced track, featuring Vanity's sugar-sweet vocals, landed at No. Hot Dance Club Play chart, and remains a nostalgic club and radio favorite, as well as the group's most recognizable song. The album was certified gold in , however, the success of the group was short-lived. I got into it. I wanted the old Diana Ross image. Prince essentially replaced Matthews with Apollonia Kotero , with the two remaining members of Vanity 6, Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie, continuing as members of Apollonia 6, making their screen debut in the movie, Purple Rain.
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Denise Katrina Matthews January 4, — February 15, , better known as Vanity , was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, model, and actress who turned away from her music and acting career to concentrate on evangelism. She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from until it disbanded in Throughout the s and early s, Vanity appeared in many magazines around the world. She died on February 15, , at the age of 57, due to kidney failure. The abuse caused her to have a negative self-image. I wish I could see my father in heaven, but I won't. He's in hell," she said.
Born as Denise Katrina Matthews in , Vanity developed an interest in modelling in her early teenage years. She participated in beauty contests, competed for Miss Canada and even won the Miss Niagara Hospitality title in From the moment Prince laid eyes on her, Prince saw Vanity as the female version of himself. If you look closely at the picture above this paragraph, you can see how much they looked like each other! He fell deeply in love with her and wanted to make her one of his very first proteges. During the Controversy tour — Prince had the idea in mind that he wanted to form an all-girl group that would perform his music and adopt the kind of sexually free, cheeky, energetic persona that he had.
Vanity 6 was an American female vocal trio assembled by American musician Prince in mid— In , Prince, himself a rising musical star, suggested that his three female friends—his girlfriend Susan Moonsie , Boston native Brenda Bennett , and Jamie Shoop—form a girl group that would be called "The Hookers". Prince's vision was that the three women would perform in lingerie and sing sensual songs with lyrics about sex and fantasy. Prince had been wanting to mentor a girl singer or group since the late—s when he saw the film A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The original trio recorded a few demos before Prince met the then named Denise Matthews , a model and Canadian B movie actress , in January Matthews was eventually re-christened Vanity. Prince had originally suggested that she use the stage name "Vagina," but instead they agreed upon "Vanity. Around this time, Prince and Vanity began a romantic relationship. With Vanity's arrival, Shoop was dropped from the group. With the new trio finalized, Prince renamed the group Vanity 6.