Slick Woods unveils a jewelry brand with a difference

Model Slick Woods is launching a brand-new jewelry line, with a view to supporting minority and female-owned businesses.

The fashion star has joined forces with friends and creatives on ‘C1V1L', an equality-focused, direct-to-consumer jewelry line that will invest 20% of its profits into supporting minority companies, reports Business of Fashion (BoF).

Woods has teamed up with the marketer Blakely Thornton on the venture. "There is an issue of the culture being commoditized but we are not the owners of that," Thornton explained to BoF. "Having been behind the veil in advertising, we were seeing that the people actually making the money off of this culture are largely white, straight men. Even if you're pushing it and it's getting a positive media reception, it's disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid."

Woods took to Instagram to share the news of the launch, publishing a photo of herself wearing a selection of gold bangles and rings for her 900,000 followers. According to BoF, C1V1L's debut collection will span mesh cord cuffs, necklaces and signet rings priced from $195 to $5,000.

Since rising to fame in 2016 with campaigns for Calvin Klein and shoots for i-D Magazine, Woods has carved out a stellar fashion career. She famously walked down the runway at Rihanna's Savage X Fenty show last year in cutaway lingerie and nipple pasties, before giving birth shortly after the show. She has also taken to the catwalk for Miu Miu, Jeremy Scott and Marc Jacobs, in addition to fronting campaigns for Fenty Beauty, The Kooples and Moschino.