Model: SLICK WOODS
Photographed by: JASON KIBBLER
Styled by: JILLIAN DAVISON
SHE IS THE FACE OF FENTY BEAUTY.
“Now when I get unhappy about didn’t-go-my-way-type shit,” she says, “my old self is like, ‘Bitch, don’t feel bad about that.’’’ Born Simone Thompson in Minneapolis, she was six when her mom was sent to prison (Vonnya-Leah Mason is hoping to be released next year after 17 years of incarceration).
“I look exactly like my mom,” Woods says proudly, showing me a photo of a woman in a white tank top, her tattoos visible. “Mom has this crazy confidence she’s always had—to the point where people hate her for it.”
“You always hear that money changes people. Even if I was paid to change, which I am, I can’t f-cking do it. I didn’t think that I was ever going to be able to make money without conforming.”
“I think what makes me the happiest,” Woods says, “is watching people kiss ass for bucks and realizing, ‘Wow, I really don’t have to do that.’”
“I’m very boyish and I have very manly ways, but I like to throw people off with a look,” she says. “Like, ‘Damn. Is she wearing lipstick while staring at that girl’s ass?’ Yeah, that’s me.”