Since 2017, Slick Woods has been one of the most recognizable faces of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line and Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 lookbook, which brought her distinctive bald head, full lips and gapped teeth to a global audience. But since being diagnosed with cancer and becoming a mother, Woods' relationship with her body and the industry has shifted. Putting fashion behind her, she wants to use the money she's earned to build a legacy of helping others.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was raised by her grandmother in LA, after her mother was sentenced to 18-years in prison when she was four. Slick Woods recalled that the two moved often, sometimes living in hotel rooms. But as a teenager, Woods said she "slipped through the system" and became homeless.
She fell into modeling by chance in 2016, at a time when she was sleeping at a bus stop, she met British model Ash Stymest, who introduced her to his agency. In that first year alone, she appeared in Purple and i-D magazines, and was cast to model Rihanna's Fenty x Puma collection in Paris and Kanye West's Yeezy line in New York. "I went from no food at all to $1,000 dinners," she said. "It just happened so fast.” Since she was discovered at 19, at a point when she was homeless and sleeping in a bus shelter, Slick Woods had appeared in the pages of Vogue, walked the runway for Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Jeremy Scott, and featured in 2018's all-Black Pirelli calendar.
However, Slick Woods quickly became disillusioned with modeling. While she developed some lasting friendships with other models, including Leomie Anderson and Duckie Thot, she felt the industry often pitted models against each other. She was also put off by contracts that dictate how she had to look and behave.
In July 2019, Slick Woods had no idea that a routine dental appointment would leave her with a life-altering diagnosis. During an appointment, her dentist noticed suspicious spots, and took samples for further analysis. Soon after, she received the call informing her that she had stage 3 melanoma. But since being diagnosed with cancer and becoming a mother, Slick Woods' relationship with her body and the industry has shifted. Putting fashion behind her, she wants to use the money she's earned to build a legacy of helping others. As an actress, she starred in the sixth season of Love and Hip Hop; Hollywood and also starred in the 2020 film, Goldie. She also became a co-host on Catfish: The TV Show, and recently Grown-Ish' Adds 6 New Actors Including Justine Skye, Slick Woods And Ceyair Wright For Season 5
SIMONE THOMPSON "SLICK WOODS"
AUGUST 13, 1996 (MINNESOTA) U.S. NATIONALITY:
MODEL - ACTRESS
(CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY)
HAIR COLORS: BALD
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HEIGHTS: 5 feet 9 1⁄2 inches (1.77 m)
WEIGHT: 60 kg (132 lbs)
WAIST: 26 inches
HIPS: 35 inches
BRA SIZE: 33B
SHOE SIZE: 8
Buzzy model-turned-actress is one of the newest cast members on the TV show Grown-ish. The acclaimed dramedy "Grown-ish" is soon returning with season five, and we are already counting the days until it graces our screens. The Freeform series is a spinoff of the popular ABC comedy "Black-ish," which concluded its eight-season run earlier this year. The show follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), the eldest daughter of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson), as she goes off to college and realizes that adult life isn't all it's cracked up to be. All while telling the story of a bunch of young adults, the writing deftly brings up relevant social issues surrounding racism, police brutality, and more, making it an essential watch.
While renewing "Grown-ish" for the fifth season, the network announced that the next installment would see some creative changes, including "Black-ish" producer Zakiyyah Alexander and producer Courtney Lilly coming aboard as the new showrunners. And that's not all the crossover fans can look forward to: a "Black-ish" alum is joining the expanded universe as a series regular.