Prince talking about Vanity after she died

Voiceover: Prince live in Melbourne Feb 2016


“ Can I tell you a story about Vanity?…or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I use to love one another deeply. She loved me for the artist I was and I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. And as much as we loved , we used to fight. She was very headstrong…because she knew she was the finest woman in the world…she never missed an opportunity to tell you that. Back then I used to have my best friend security guard named Chick. Chick was 6 ft 6, and all muscle except for his stomach…where he kept fried foods. Well, one day Vanity and I got into a fight and I told her that if she didn’t stop, I was going to throw her in the pool. And she said ‘You can’t throw me in the pool, you’re too little!’…so I said ‘Chick, throw her in the pool’ ”


The group known as Vanity 6 from 1981-1983 starring Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews, Brenda Bennett, and Susan Moonsie. Denise was originally one of Rick James’ girls before Prince convinced her to join his girl group. Prince had suggested that she use the stage name ‘Vagina’ but they agreed on Vanity.  In 1983, Vanity left Prince’s entourage and was replaced by Apollonia and the group name was renamed Apollonia 6. 

Photos by Lynn Goldsmith, 1983.