MINNEAPOLIS, MN-born Minneapolis-LOS ANGELES-raised Supermodel SIMONE SLICK WOODS THOMPSON is the face of FENTY x PUMA By RIHANNA and is the cover story for THE SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE: FASHION The FUTURE for ELLE: UK MAG!!!
Here are a few interview interludes:
On her relationship with her mother who since SLICK was 4-years-old, has been incarcerated due to a conviction for Manslaughter:
‘We talk about everything – except modelling. She asks me how my day is. We don’t need to talk about magazines,’ she says. ‘Being a gang member, everybody expected her not to be the best mum. But my mum was very hands-on with me as a child. My mummy read to me in the womb. And she’s proud because she knows that everybody expected me to be exactly what she was. She went to prison when she was 19. I became a model at 19. And I can take care of my mother when she gets out.’
On her relationship with her unborn son in relation to her own upbringing:
At 14, 15, I never expected to ever be giving any type of life; to be this happy with having a child. From not having family to being able to create your own,’ she says. ‘Things you lacked, things you missed out on, trauma – you can erase that by creating new life. All those things you didn’t get, all those hugs and kisses. I can retract those things with my son’s life. In giving him that childhood, it heals you as well. In hugging your son, it’s giving a piece of that back to you, too. I need him as much as he needs me.’
On her own strength that she feels that she can offer to her child:
‘I don’t have anything to protect myself. It’s just like, I’m happy today or I’m sad today. And that’s OK,’ she says. ’I’m going to stand up for my son. I want him to feel proud as a black man. Everyone is telling men it’s wrong to express their feelings, but I will not let him feel like his feelings are wrong.’
I can't tell you all how amazing this journey has been into adulthood. I'm beyond amazed at the outcome of the energy I put in. This life broke me, built me back up and gave a girl a spit shine. I'm feelin myself and I'm pleased with every part of me... now I can feel y'all too, you feel me? The way I see it self love is a relationship, an internal and eternal conversation with self. Sometimes Slick don't fuck w Simone but they be talkin again. 😭😭😭 ok y'all can chill that wasn't an invitation to call me Simone we ain't homies don't call me Simone you're being weird.