We don't know how we missed it, but yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain—the movie, not the album. And when we think of that classic film, we think of one thing:
Prince getting his ass beat by his dad Apollonia stripping down to go skinny-dipping in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
Prince has always had top-shelf taste in women, and nothing shows that more than the impressive list of singers, dancers, and just plain hot girls whom he discovered, changed the names of, and mentored (presumably with his genitals). It was actually tough to narrow it down to ten, but we're pressed for space (this bandwidth ain't cheap, people). So, Apollonia, this one's for you!
Real Name: Apollonia Kotero
Prince Era: Purple Rain
Fun Fact: Actually recorded the first version of "Manic Monday" (which Prince wrote), before those filthy Bangles took it and blew up.
Real Name: uh, Kim Basinger.
Prince Era: Batman soundtrack
Fun Fact: A rumor persists to this day involving Prince, Kim, a recording session, and a pot honey. No, a literal pot of honey.
DIAMOND AND PEARL
Real Names: Lori Elle and Robia LaMorte
Prince Era: Diamonds and Pearls
Fun Fact: Diamond and Pearl are not actually composed of the mineral substances they're named after. Shocker, we know.
Real Name: Sheena Orr
Prince Era: Between 1999 and Purple Rain
Fun Fact: Prince wrote her hit "Sugar Walls" under the pseudonym "Alexander Nevermind." We're guessing he blew his cleverness load on that song's oh-so-cryptic title.
Real Name: Tara Patrick (and now you know where Linda Ann Hopkins got her porn name!)
Prince Era: When he changed his name to that glyph that means "I hate Warner Brothers."
Fun Fact: On her eponymous debut R&B/rap album, Carmen actually didn't write her own lyrics. We know!
Real Name: Mayte Garcia
Prince Era: Chaos and Disorder, Emancipation, Crystal Ball. (Three albums, 9 CDs, combined sales of 17. We see why they got the marriage annulled.)
Fun Fact: At one time she was considered the world's youngest belly dancer. And Prince is the world's oldest woodland nymph!
Real Name: Nancy Richardson
Prince Era: Sign O' The Times
Fun Fact: Her website claims that she invented a "kitchen appliance that will debut on QVC this holiday season." Get your credit cards ready.
Real Name: Ashley Davis
Prince Era: 3121
Fun Fact: She was one of the original members of Girl's Tyme, along with Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Guess what group that went on to become? If you said Bell Biv DeVoe, you're right!
Real Name: Brenda Fuentes
Prince Era: Planet Earth and Lotusflow3r
Fun Fact: Looks just a teensy bit like a man. Is that a fun fact? It is if you're into trannies!
Real Name: Denise Matthews
Prince Era: Controversy and 1999
Fun Fact: Before she met Prince, Vanity was the face of Pearl Drops toothpaste. A face full of pearl drops? That's Prince's top requirement!