Slick Woods thanks friend for saving her life during medical ordeal

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Slick has be…

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.

The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Slick has been regularly sharing updates with her fans, and on Wednesday, took to Instagram to post a video of her smiling and laughing in her hospital bed after recently suffering a scary medical ordeal.

“Now that I’m feeling a million times better and walking again thanks @cheyalli (Chey Allegra) for saving my life during an unexpected seizure in the middle of the night, man there’s so many people going through way worse #staygoofy,” she captioned the clip.

It’s not known if Slick had suffered seizures before, or if the event is related to her treatments.

But a number of the Fenty Beauty star’s celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post, including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Janelle Monae, and Karrueche Tran.

“Thank god, quick recovery! We love you @slickwoods,” wrote Adut Akech, while Jasmine Sanders posted, “Praying for you baby!!”

And singer-songwriter Miguel added: “Sending love and lightning.”

Last month, Slick shared a string of videos on her Instagram Stories showing her joking around with friends while at The London in New York City and noted that she was able to enjoy a night out when she was provided with a wheelchair by staff at the hotel.

“Legs numb left hand still numb I hate bulls**t and The London gave me a wheelchair,” the 23-year-old stated.

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Adut Akech candidly discusses battle with anxiety and depression

Adut Akech has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression over the past year.The South Sudan-born model achieved a lot of success with her fashion career during 2019, landing campaigns for the likes of Valentino and winning the Model of …

Adut Akech has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression over the past year.

The South Sudan-born model achieved a lot of success with her fashion career during 2019, landing campaigns for the likes of Valentino and winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019 last month.

However, in a new Instagram post, Adut shared how she hit a low point in her personal life after losing some family members.

“I started becoming numb to everything. It got really hard for me to express any emotion and the people around me started noticing,” she wrote. “It became really hard to express my excitement and gratitude for all the amazing things happening with my career.”

Adut went on to explain that she soon reached out for professional help and began sessions with a therapist. But she continued to experience panic attacks every night, and in the end, decided to take two months off to spend time at home in Australia.

“I felt depressed to a point of wanting to end it, but for my family and myself I had to fight what I could say was the hardest battle of my life. Every day was a struggle but I did everything I could to get a better mental state of mind. I started feeling better and I started seeing things clearer,” the 20-year-old insisted. “Biggest lesson I learned after all this, is the importance of letting go of all things toxic. Don’t hold on to toxic relationships because of comfort, or how long you’ve known the person or the type of relationship ya’ll have. Always put yourself, mental wellbeing, peace and sanity first.”

To conclude, Adut explained that she wanted to share her story so others battling the same issues will know “they’re not alone”.

Accordingly, the star’s post attracted comments from many of her celebrity friends, including actress Storm Reid, models Naomi Campbell and Lily Aldridge, and writer Janet Mock.

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Naomi Campbell ‘thrilled’ to receive Model of the Year honour

Naomi Campbell was “thrilled” to receive one of the top honours at the Models.com 2019 Industry Awards.The 49-year-old supermodel icon was named the Readers’ Choice Model of the Year by the fashion industry outlet, beating the likes of Kendall Jenner.”…

Naomi Campbell was “thrilled” to receive one of the top honours at the Models.com 2019 Industry Awards.

The 49-year-old supermodel icon was named the Readers’ Choice Model of the Year by the fashion industry outlet, beating the likes of Kendall Jenner.

“What an honor to be @modelsdot 2019 ‘Model Of The Year’ by readers choice! This is such a wonderful surprise, and I am so touched and thrilled,” Naomi wrote on Instagram after the news was announced. “I wouldn’t be who I am without all of you readers I thank you all deeply, and am so grateful for your continuous support, it means so much.”

The British beauty also won the Readers’ Choice Social Media Star award, which recognises those in the fashion industry who have “leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.”

For that prize, Naomi beat Bella Hadid, who went on to be named the Industry’s Vote Social Media Star, beating Ashley Graham, who has candidly documented her pregnancy on Instagram.

Naomi also shared her delight at fellow model Adut Akech, who she sweetly calls her surrogate daughter, landing the Industry’s Vote Model of the Year honour, as well as American male model Alton Mason, who was named both the Industry’s Vote and Readers’ Choice Model of the Year in the male category.

“And I am so happy to be alongside my divine, graceful beautiful daughter @adutakech who deserves this recognition, hands down!! And massive congratulations to @altonmason who absolutely earned the ‘Model of The Year: Male’ honor. So incredibly proud of you both,” Naomi gushed.

The Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards panel features 250 of the industry’s top professionals, including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, stylist and journalist Katie Grand, and model/activist Bethann Hardison.

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Adut Akech wins top modelling honour for second consecutive year

Adut Akech is feeling “blessed” after winning the Model of the Year honour from Models.com two years in a row.The 20-year-old South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to share her joy at scooping the honour at the Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Ind…

Adut Akech is feeling “blessed” after winning the Model of the Year honour from Models.com two years in a row.

The 20-year-old South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to share her joy at scooping the honour at the Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards.

“This can’t be real!” Adut gushed at the news she’d been named the Industry’s Vote Model of the Year. “I’ve been waking up to the best news lately. I’m so honored to be @modelsdot 2019 “Model of the year” by industry’s vote again for the second year in a row!!!”

The model went on to thank her mentor Naomi Campbell, who was named the Readers’ Choice Model of the Year.

“And to be right beside this iconic woman, congratulations mama I’m so proud of you! @naomi,” she gushed. “From the bottom of my heart thank you so much to everyone in the industry who has been a part of my journey this year. Without you I would not be living my dream.”

Adut later acknowledged that while it’s been a “challenging year”, it’s been the best 12 months of her life.

“I’ve done more than I ever imagined I’d do in my career and 2019 has been proof of that. I’m so proud of all my accomplishments this year. I remind myself every single day how blessed and grateful i am for everything and everyone I have in my life,” she sweetly wrote.

Other winners at the Models.com awards included Alton Mason, who was named the Industry’s Vote and Readers’ Choice Model of the Year in the men’s category.

“To wake up to this award for 2019 Model of the Year @modelsdot is truly a blessing & resonates deeper than ever!” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you again @modelsdot for this recognition and acknowledgment.”

The 22-year-old American model also won the Industry’s Vote Social Media Star in the male category and was declared to have the best male street style by both sets of voters.

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Adut Akech uses five different foundations to achieve perfect coverage

Adut Akech uses five different foundation colours to get the perfect coverage thanks to advice from Pat McGrath.In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model explained that the legendary make-up artist has educated her a l…

Adut Akech uses five different foundation colours to get the perfect coverage thanks to advice from Pat McGrath.

In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model explained that the legendary make-up artist has educated her a lot about the art of cosmetics.

“She taught me how to get to know my skin and how to choose a foundation. I remember learning all about the different undertones and how to tell whether a foundation was too red or too yellow,” Adut explained, noting that she mixes products from NARS, Too Faced, Maybelline Fit Me, L’Oreal True Match, and Pat McGrath Labs to get flawless coverage.

And Pat even created a foundation for her Pat McGrath Labs line that was inspired by the 20-year-old. However, Adut prefers the more natural look on her days off.

“I’m not too crazy on make-up, I can really go without it. I like to let my skin breathe and give my skin a break because I’m always wearing make-up when I’m working,” she shared.

Adut has also revamped her skincare routine thanks to tips she’s received while working on photoshoots and backstage at catwalk shows, and has dramatically cut down the number of products she uses, instead adhering to the valuable lesson of “less is more”.

“The fewer products you use, the better the results. My routine went from being between eight to 10 steps, to two to three steps. I cut out all the unnecessary steps,” the star stated, before revealing that she finds products from luxe skincare brand Dr. Barbara Sturm best for her sensitive complexion. “I’m young and my skin doesn’t need (lots of products). I just cut down to cleanser, and then, moisturiser is a must for me.”

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Adut Akech: ‘Talking is the medicine for anxiety and depression’

Adut Akech finds it difficult to open up about her feelings even though it helps her cope with depression and anxiety.The 19-year-old model, who was born in South Sudan, revealed her battle with the mental health issues in January in a candid New Year …

Adut Akech finds it difficult to open up about her feelings even though it helps her cope with depression and anxiety.

The 19-year-old model, who was born in South Sudan, revealed her battle with the mental health issues in January in a candid New Year Instagram post, in which she confessed she “would wake up every morning crying” and cry some more when she got home during 2018.

In a new interview with British newspaper The Times, she explained how she makes time for talking and writing about her feelings to help her manage.

“I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I’ve learnt that talking is the medicine. It’s a challenge for me, as I grew up keeping everything in,” she told British newspaper The Times. “Writing my feelings is a way for me to let them out, without feeling vulnerable.”

Akech spent her early years in Kakuma, one of Kenya’s largest refugee camps, before moving to Australia at the age of six with her mother and siblings. She’s now writing a book to document her experiences and eventually wants to return to South Sudan to open a hospital and school and start a modelling agency representing South Sudanese women.

“I’ve never really spoken about my story, not because I was ashamed of it, but because no one really asked,” she explained. “Now I see the impact that I’m having and the type of inspiration I can give to someone. I’m not just Adut the model, I am more than that. I am the little girl who was once in a refugee camp with no food, and I made my way out of that – that is what my story is.”

The catwalk regular, who is the face of Valentino’s new fragrance Born in Roma, was honoured with the Model of the Year accolade at The Fashion Awards earlier in December, and she called the prize “equivalent to an Oscar”.

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Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Adut Akech thrilled to win Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2019

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion indust…

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Givenchy, Prada, and Versace.

At the British Fashion Council’s annual prizegiving on Monday night, Adut was named Model of the Year, beating out other top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow, and she later took to Instagram to celebrate her achievement.

“2019 MODEL OF THE YEAR,” she wrote. “Meet the South Sudanese refugee who comes from nothing, who become (sic) your 2019 Model of The Year last night. I F**KING DID IT!!!”

Adut was presented her prize by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and looked stunning in an emerald green Valentino gown.

During her acceptance speech, she told the audience, “It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity… This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.”

Accordingly, a number of the 19-year-old’s celebrity followers praised her win in the Instagram comments, including Lily Aldridge, Irina Shayk, Elle Macpherson, Karlie Kloss, Shanina Shaik, and Elsa Hosk.

Karen Elson wrote, “You did it. You deserve it! You’re incredible,” Natalia Vodianova gushed, “You worked so hard, baby girl. Congrats,” and Amber Valletta added, “So, so happy for you! Well-deserved beauty.”

While Adut’s mentor Naomi Campbell sweetly commented, “So deserved my baby @adutakech. I Love you.”

Naomi was also feted on the night, taking home the prestigious Fashion Icon accolade.

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Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line c…

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just seven months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has been named as the top designer in the competition’s Urban Luxe category, beating out the likes of Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

The 31-year-old was presented with the award by Janet Jackson and Tyler, The Creator during a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Taking to Instagram following the exciting announcement, a Fenty representative commented that Rihanna and her entire team felt “honoured” by the accolade.

“Fenty’s chief executive officer and artistic director Robyn Rihanna Fenty is committed to reflect the understanding of female power as constantly evolving, multi-faceted, fun and free,” they wrote alongside a snap of the star in a seafoam green custom-made outfit from the label. “Since the launch in May, Fenty had the pleasure of working with incredible talents, forming a new archive of visual references focusing on the intersection between style, culture and identity. Fenty is a young brand with a powerful collective voice, shaped by the individuals behind it.”

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear, and Christopher Kane was bestowed with the new Designers’ Designer Award.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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