The 1980s pop star and model Denise Matthews, known by the stage name Vanity, died Monday at the age of 57. She battled years of kidney failure and a recent abdominal illness, according to TMZ.
Native to Canada, Matthews first found success as a model, but a fateful meeting at the American Music Awards in 1980 would help launch a singing career. Prince recruited the 21-year-old to become the lead singer of the R&B girl group Vanity 6, whose biggest hit was 1982's "Nasty Girl." Vanity 6 toured with Prince in '82 and '83, before splitting up. Vanity then released two solo albums via Motown Records, 1984's "Wild Animal" and 1986's "Skin on Skin."