Slick Woods Chats Up British Vogue About Being A Mercedez-Benz Cultural Visionary

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Model Slick Woods gets around town. In three years of modeling, Woods -- born Simone Thompson -- is known as a model with something to say. She's family in Rihanna's Fenty girl gang and the face of Fenty Beauty, Fenty x Puma and Savage x Fenty. Along the way she picked up contracts with Kanye West, Marc Jacobs and Jeremy Scott. 

Now at 21, Woods has been crowned a "cultural visionary" by Mercedes-Benz, joining musician Solange Knowles; Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon; artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist;  Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma;  and art curator Kimberly Drew in its #WeWonder campaign. The experience is "dope", Woods tells British Vogue. 

Each "visionary" was charged with bringing a theme to the table, and Woods chose “youth” because, she says, “I know about youth, that's something that I've really lived through.” She spent her teenage years living in a series of makeshift home set-ups between Los Angeles and Minneapolis with either her grandmother, her dog or friends, and has been open about her drug use and time in prison.

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Being controversial used to condemn a model from ambassador roles, but that tide is now out to sea. Woods explains that she pledges to always be "selective when it comes to work . . . If I like the shit, I’m going to represent the shit. If I don't like it, if I don't support it, I don't back it.” Her career highlight so far has been finding her Fenty family. “She never ceases to amaze me,” Slick Woods says of Rihanna.