Whatever Happened To Vanity, Denise Matthews?

Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity, captivated Prince with her exotic beauty and charisma. She was also a crack-addict who almost died from her drug usage at the height of her fame in the eighties.


In the eighties, Prince ruled supreme as the King of the popular music world. The only other star who surpassed him in popularity was Michael Jackson. Prince was known for introducing the world to a bevy of beautiful, and often exotic, women to the world. Perhaps the most well-known women he had as a protege was a gorgeous, biracial Canadian woman named Denise Matthews. It was reported that Prince was involved in a love-triangle with Denise and Rick James. And, then, Denise dated both him and Nikki Sixxx at the same time.

Prince decided to re-christen her “Vanity,” reportedly because when he looked at her it was like looking in the mirror. Originally, he wanted to name her “vagina,” but she refused. She became the leader of a girl group that performed solely in lingerie called Vanity 6. Despite there being only three girls, the number of six was used, because the three girls had six breasts. To say that Prince was a little obsessed with sex at the time, might be an understatement!

Vanity 6 ended up only releasing one album, but the music is iconic and actually quite good, a mixture of new wave, funk, and R & B. Vanity is a surprisingly good vocalist for an ex B-movie star and adult model. She has a voice that is both flirtatious and cynical, perfectly delivering Prince’s hyper-sexual and rhythmic songs. Their biggest hit, “Nasty Girl,” was both titillating and supremely danceable at the same time.

She had a tumultuous life during this period, a drug-addict hooked on crack cocaine, she abruptly left Prince, just as she was about to become the star in “Purple Rain.” She was replaced by another actress named Patricia Kotero, and “Purple Rain” went on to become a blockbuster movie.

Afterwards she released a couple more albums, starred in several low-budget B-Movies, and then she almost died due to her drug usage. It was during this time she claimed that God spoke to her, claiming that she would live if she would denounce her previous life as Vanity.

Since that time, she has married and divorced, and dedicated her life to God. She speaks at churches and wants nothing to do with the life she had as Vanity. In the video below, she talks about her conversion.

Despite her brief time at the top of the music-world, Denise Matthews possessed a unique beauty and charisma that has marked her forever as one of the sex icons of the eighties. Buried underneath the teased hair and lingerie, also lay a talented woman, who could sing, paint, and designed many of her own outfits. Since Vanity, no other woman has been able to equal her magnetism and exotic charisma.

9 comments

  1. delredd

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD MS. DENISE ” VANITY” MATTHEWS! 2 ME AND LIKE MOST TRUE FANS AT HEART LIKE ME EVEN CONSIDER VANITY THE 7 TH WONDER OF THE WORLD. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP U HERE 4-EVER MY LOVE. I HOPE THE REST OF THE YEAR IN 4-EVER GO YOUR WAY VERY SWEET. I LOVE U!!!

  2. Lovette

    I am so happy God intervened and saved you Denise and keep talking to about your experiences and prayful some one will listens and save their lives too.

  3. Eddie

    She gave up a drug addiction for the “god” addiction. Denise, if you read this, do some research on your Christian god, and tell me why you would endorse such a tyrant.

    The fastest growing religion in the world is non religion. You can be good without a belief in a god.

    Anyone who reads this, do your research before just believing what you’ve been told by your parents, the cycle needs to stop some where.

    • Brian

      Because she chooses to. Don’t go around trying to piss in someone’s pool man. Leave her alone and maybe if you read about what she believes you’d see that the God she serves isn’t a tyrant at all.

  4. RANDOLPH

    THANK U VANITY FOR STARTING YOUR SECOND REBIRTH AGAIN. I KNOW IT MIGHT FEEL DIF, BUT FAITH IN GOD WILL GIVE SUCH FEELINGS.YOU HAVE BEEN BLESS WITH A SECOND NEWBIRTH, ENJOY IT CHEERISH IT.BECAUSE WHEN U GO ONTO HEAVEN A NEW HOUSE WITH A WELCOME MAT AT DOOR WILL BE WAITING

    RANDOLPH

  5. Maybe your life NEEDS TO STOP Grow up and get a life.

  6. Rob

    I admire her and her life beautiful lady

  7. Gary

    Yeshua bless and cover you.

  8. Pastor Theresa Scott

    For some it takes a lifetime and/or near death experience to get their attention so thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy on and in her life. God was in pursuit of her and won her over, BEAUTIFUL. How great is our God….

    Food for though to those who choose to ponder. The universe did not always exist. Life on it did not always exist.
    Certainly there was a master creator behind it all to form it perfectly round aligned with all in outer space and the events set in motion, here we are. Designed us perfectly, each with specific yet individual DNA that instructs our cells with a brain, strength and ability to tend to the earth, replenish it. Why even a non believer must admit to the mystery of it all…? And if there was no God then why would non-believers even attempt to conclusively prove to us believers that we are wrong “if” in fact God isn’t really on your mind and questions of all lifes mysteries not in your heart or at least thought process? Why bother with us believers at all? Again, merely food for thought…

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