Rest In Power: Denise Matthews p/k/a VANITY

It has been confirmed, and oddly I found out before TMZ on Twitter this time, but couldn’t confirm for an hour. Several luminaries, friends & contemporaries have confirmed that it is in fact true, and I’m beside myself. Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews has passed. While many may not know her, aside from occasional movie roles, or brief music career. As a Prince collaborator and protégé she became world-wide phenomenon in Vanity 6. The song Nasty Girl was a revelation to me growing up and will forever send me into my eternal happy place. She was also an author, model, and made notable appearances in  The Last Dragon, 52-Pickup, and Action Jackson among others. I saw them all & never stopped rooting for her, even when she embraced her evangelical side. Now I’m going to call up my friends who are DJs to talk about her untimely passing at 57, and cry many tears for someone who always inspired me #RIPVanity

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#RIPVanity Denise Matthews p/k/a Vanity ~ Rest in power & eternal peace

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