As the legend goes, Prince and Vanity were in a club and when they saw each other, they stopped and stared because they were so similar.
Vanity and Prince
Vanity was, surprise surprise, an aspiring singer/actress/dancer/etc and obsessed with the concept of creating an empire of groups doing his music as an outlet for different sounds, Prince decided to form a group around her, despite her extremely weak voice. First, however, Denise Matthews needed a new name. Prince suggested the extremely classy Vagina, which Denise wisely refused. Finally they settled on Vanity. Prince got together two of his old girlfriends, Brenda and Susan, and, after rejecting the name The Hookers, they trio settled on Vanity 6 (the "6" being a reference to how many nipples were in the group). With a motto of "Leave it to the imagination", Vanity 6 had a string of very subtle hits, such as "Nasty Girl", "Wet Dream" and "He's So Dull" in the early 80's. Unfortunately, Vanity became addicted to cocaine and left Prince's inner circle right around the time that Purple Rain began to be filmed. Vanity had been the leading woman and was soon replaced by Patricia Kotero, or as she soon became known Apollonia.
Apollonia and Prince
Apollonia was an even worse singer than Vanity, but Prince wasted no time in throwing her in a group with Brenda and Susan, calling it (yes, you guessed it) Apollonia 6. (Thank God she didn't have three nipples...can you imagine the awkwardness of "Apollonia 7"?) Apollonia took over the Vanity's role in Purple Rain, earning herself the affectionate nickname "Apples" among fans (three guesses as to why, and it wasn't thanks to her red lips or round eyes) Apollonia 6 continued in the discreet path forged by Vanity 6, releasing classics such as "Sex Shooter". However, Prince's interest in Apollonia soon faded and they parted ways. She will, however, remain immortal thanks to her mention in the Kanye West song "Stronger"
"You know how long I've been on ya/Since Prince was on Apollonia"
Yes, her legacy survives. She continues to toil in movies that absolutely no one has heard of and recent pictures show a frightening turn towards plastic surgery. Vanity continued her downward spiral, becoming engaged to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, though has now recovered and is a minister.
The real question, though, what this fantastic history of 80's kitsch has boiled down to is a poll of your opinions...who is sexier, Vanity or Apollonia?