Aug 28, 2008

Animals - Vanity

Young Denise Matthews dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. She first began doing local beauty pageants before moving to Toronto, where she modeled.

At the age of 18 she moved to New York to further her career. She signed with Zoli Model Agency. Since she wasn't very tall, her modeling career was limited to commercials and photoshoots. Matthews became the face for Pearldrops toothpaste, before completing another modeling stint in Japan. In late 1979 she played a bit part in the horror movie Terror Train, which was filmed in Montreal, and starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Hart Bochner. Matthews went back to Toronto to film the B-movie Tanya's Island. At this time, Matthews billed herself as D.D. Winters.

In 1982, she met Prince at a backstage party at the American Music Awards. Prince re-named her Vanity, stating he saw his female reflection when he looked at her. Other 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 the group Vanity 6. Their trademark was explicit sexuality in their lyrics, performances, and attire (extending even to the group's name, with 6 alluding to the number of breasts in the group). The group's biggest hit, "Nasty Girl", reached #1 on Hot Dance Club Play and was produced by Prince.

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* Animals - Vanity

If anyone has higher quality MP3s of any of Vanitys catalog please let me know

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