Vesta became one of the first high-profile casualties of the music video era. The singer struggled with her weight, her appearance was limited in later music videos and she eventually lost her recording contract. The Huffington Post adds:
[Williams] told Ebony that she began gaining weight rapidly after her singing career started to falter. Vesta, who was 5-foot-3, eventually reached a size 26. "When I lost my record deal and my phone wasn't ringing, I realized that I had to reassess who Vesta was and figure out what was going wrong," she said. "I knew it wasn't my singing ability. So it had to be that I was expendable because I didn't have the right look."
The singer went on to lose 100 lbs, and got down down to a size 6, while finding something of a second career as a songwriter and session singer.
Published reports say Williams was 48 years old, but the singer can be seen in a 2010 interview saying she was 53.
Vesta's signature song was "Congratulations" but my favorites were "Sweet, Sweet Love" and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." So many memories. Watch and listen AFTER THE JUMP ...