vanitySome of you may not know the name Vanity, but for a kid like me who grew up in the 80’s, I certainly remember the beautiful singer, model, and actress. It was announced last night by a hospital spokeswoman that Vanity passed away at the age of 57 at Freemont, California. It was not announced how or when she exactly passed away. Denise Matthews or Vanity as she was known to her fans became huge in the 1980’s whether it was performing with her band Vanity 6, starring in films like Action Jackson, being Prince’s protege, but for me it was her role in Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon that caught my attention. It was then that I noticed her beauty as I was mesmerized by her. She always played sultry characters, but in the mid-1990’s she left all behind when she proclaimed her faith in Christianity and eventually became an evangelist. While she may have spoke of her time in the 80’s with disdain, I will always remember her beauty. 2016 has been a rough year as we have lost so many already. Another former Prince protege and devout christian Sheila E left some kind words for Vanity on Twitter saying, “SADDEN my FRIEND IN CHRIST gone 2day. Vanity, Denise Matthews. MISS YOU DEARLY. U ARE IN HIS ARMS NOW, NO Pain.” She will never be forgotten R.I.P. Denise Matthews a.k.a. Vanity (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016).



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