Denise Katrina Matthews was born on January 4, 1959, and died on February 15, 2016.
She was formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters.
She was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who turned away from her acting and music career to concentrate on evangelism.
Her career continued from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.
Vanity was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983.
In 1982, the band was well known for their R&B/funk hit “Nasty Girl”.
Her music career included two solo albums on Motown Records; Wild Animal and Skin on Skin, as well as the hit singles, “Pretty Mess”, “Mechanical Emotion”, and “Under the Influence”.
Miss Matthews also had a successful acting career, starring in films The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson.
Vanity passed away at 57 yrs old.