Birth Name: Denise Katrina Matthews
Date of Birth: January 4, 1959
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: February 15, 2016
Place of Death: Fremont, California, U.S.
*father – African-American, Hawaiian, Native American
*mother – Polish, German, and/or Jewish
Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as Vanity, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, model, actress, and Christian evangelist.
Denise was the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews.
Her father, an American from Wilmington, North Carolina, was black, and was said to be of African-American, Hawaiian, and Native American descent. Her mother, who is white, is said to be of Polish, German, and/or Jewish origin.
Vanity’s paternal grandfather was named Robert James Smith.
Vanity’s paternal grandfather was Mable Emma Matthews (the daughter of Chancey Matthews, Sr. and Edna Williams). Mable was born in North Carolina, and was African-American. Chancey was the son of Violet. Edna was the daughter of Bill Everett and Amy Morrison.