Slick Woods was labelled "eccentric" when she started out as a model.
The 23-year-old discussed her experiences of racial inequality in a powerful essay for Vogue.com, and Slick said she has been prevented from "advancing in society" due to the colour of her skin.
"There are multiple institutions in place to hold Black people back from advancing in society," she wrote. "I have always been unapologetically BLACK, which has earned me the ‘eccentric’ label in the fashion industry – a space where diversity was not really celebrated until my generation of models began to surface."
The model also shared her hopes for her son, Saphir, who she raises with partner Adonis Bosso, revealing she wants the youngster to feel happy growing up.
"As someone who has experienced Black childhood, womanhood and parenthood, I can honestly say that being born with melanin is one of the most liberating yet exhausting feelings," Slick explained. "My hope is that my son will never experience half of what I did growing up.
"I am grateful for his father and I to be in positions that grant him access to a childhood and adult life that we could only imagine," she continued, noting her desire to see her son be confident and proud of who he is.
And she wants her own success to inspire other Black women to reach for their goals.
"I am thankful to have a platform that can allow me to help uplift and restore not only my communities but provide as much assistance as possible for other minority neighbourhoods that lack fair opportunities often provided to others," Slick added.
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