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Slick Woods’ Stage 3 Melanoma Diagnosis Has Sparked a Conversation About Skin Cancer Among Communities of Color

Fans of fashion model Slick Woods are in shock after the edgy alternative model took to Instagram last Wednesday to announce that she was going through chemotherapy. On November 20th, The Shade Room then exclusively announced that Woods was currently battling Stage 3 Melanoma and was “fighting for her life”. “At this time, we continue to pray for Slick’s health and that she’ll beat this disease,” The Shade Room said. “Her good spirit and will to fight is a testament to her strength and she’s certainly not alone in this fight given the outpouring of love and support from friends and fans all over the world”.

Woods’ initial hint towards her health troubles came from a photo she posted on Instagram last Wednesday. The photo was of herself, decked in a neon green ensemble, surrounded by friends and throwing her head back with her tongue sticking out. She captioned the photo: “How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald”. 

The cancer diagnosis of the model, famous for being one of the faces of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, has rocked the fashion world.

Friends and fans have flocked to Woods’ social media accounts to express their shock, grief, and support to Woods. No one expected a seemingly healthy woman of only 23-years-old to be faced with such a challenging health battle. On Woods’ photo, fans commented with supportive statements like “You got this Queen #wearesurvivors. You have my support” and “u got this. sending prayers & love ur way”.

The diagnosis is one in a long list of challenges that Slick Woods has had to face in her life. In the past, Woods has been upfront about her difficult past. Originally raised by a single mother, and then by her grandmother after her mother was incarcerated, Woods didn’t have a permanent home during her childhood. “I had a job, I had to do things I didn’t want to do, I saw a lot of s*** I shouldn’t have seen,” she told Evening Standard magazine. Once she was on her own, Woods revealed that she battled opiod addiction while living in a “traphouse”. She scraped together cash by running credit card scams. 

Woods’ diagnosis has sparked a conversation around the common misconception that people of African descent are somehow immune to skin cancer.

While statistics for skin cancer among people of African decent are lower with black people in the United States only making up 1-2% of skin cancer cases in comparison to white Americans who make up 35–45% of skin cancer cases, the truth is, anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of race. In fact, the survival rate of melanoma for people of color is lower, due to the fact that there is lower public awareness in communities of color and it shows up in less-likely places (like the soles of your feet).  “Melanin does confer some natural protection against the risk of skin cancers from UV, but everyone, of any complexion, is still at risk for sun-related skin cancers,” says dermatologist Dr. Andrew Alexis, the director of the Skin of Color Center in New York City. “There’s also just an overall lack of awareness that these cancers actually do occur in patients of color”.

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Slick Woods’ diagnosis and battle is a reminder to everyone why regular skin cancer screenings are so important. As for Woods, we respect her request to not be treated like a victim by her fans or the media during this time. Instead, we commend Woods for her bravery and honesty about a situation that is so personal to her. Her courage and forthrightness is inspirational.  

On Twitter, fans of Slick Woods have taken to the social media platform to process her shocking revelation. 

It’s natural that Woods’ diagnosis would spark such a large reaction on social media–the place where she largely rose to prominence.

This fan was effusive in her praise of Slick Woods as the paradigm of female power.

Woods’ battle with cancer is simply another reasons to recognize her as the icon that she is. 

This woman used Woods’ diagnosis as an opportunity to educate the public on the omnipresence of skin cancer.

Contrary to popular belief, skin cancer does not discriminate–everyone has the potential to be at risk, regardless of ethnicity.

This person is still processing the injustice of Woods’ diagnosis as a new mother.

It seems like just yesterday when Woods was sashaying down the catwalk with a full baby bump. Life is unpredictable.

This woman had nothing but good vibes and positive thoughts for the game-changing model.

The optimistic outlook is exactly the outlook that Woods is exemplifying on her own social media platforms. 

Kat Von D Just Announced That She’s Totally Cut Ties With Her Makeup Line Effective Immediately

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Kat Von D Just Announced That She’s Totally Cut Ties With Her Makeup Line Effective Immediately

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Kat Von D has become a titan in the beauty industry due to her eponymous makeup line’s ultra long-wear highly pigmented products that also happen to be vegan and cruelty free. 

And although fans have long looked to the Queen of Ink because of her unconventional aesthetic and beauty expertise, the Von D recently announced she has decided to permanently step back from her successful business to focus on other projects as well as her new family.

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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On Thursday via Instagram, Kat Von D announced the unexpected news that she was selling her shares in Kat Von D Beauty in order to focus on other projects.

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In the lengthy statement, Von D explained that 2019 had been a year of “great change” due to the birth of her baby boy as well as her expansion into music. She went on to explain that, while she tried to balance all of her projects to the best of her ability, she wasn’t able to fully contribute to each of her projects at “maximum capacity.” Therefore, she would be officially stepping down from Kat Von D Beauty.

“I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years,” she said. “This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.”

Von D went on to reveal that the beauty line would be re-branded as KvD Vegan Beauty in order to “avoid any confusion” for the brand’s customers.

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Although the Sephora-based Kat Von D Beauty came out of the gate strong–even being named Sephora’s fastest-growing brand in 2018–the brand subsequently suffered from a highly-publicized dip in sales after Von D herself was embroiled in multiple controversies. Among the controversies was Von D declaring that she would not be vaccinating her child. Additionally, Von D had long been plagued by accusations of antisemitism throughout her career. 

The line will in all likelihood be in good hands with the LVMH beauty incubator Kendo, which also produces other popular brands like Fenty Beauty and Marc Jacobs. The former Kat Von D Beauty website has already been updated with the name change along with a statement from the CEO of Kendo. “I want to thank Kat for helping to change the beauty industry with us,” the statement reads. “We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing…The same KENDO team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.”

Since its inception, Von D has been extremely hands-on with her makeup line, involved in every aspect of the business from product inception to packaging.

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“I name every shade, design every piece of packaging, help choose the colors and textures, the finishes and formulations,” she told HELLO! magazine in 2016. “There isn’t a font used on my packaging – I personally design and draw every letter on it. I even curate the content for our Instagram. I poured myself 100 per cent into this and I know that my customers appreciate that.”

And the tattoo artist and television personality obviously hit a chord with customers who felt connected to her through her products. In addition, Kat Von D’s products were truly high-quality at an affordable price-point. You could say that Von D was a trailblazer in the media personality-turned-businesswoman model that so many celebrities have since tried to replicate.

As for fans of Kat Von D, they took the news with a mixture of admiration, disappointment, and acceptance. 

Kat Von D has such a devoted fan base that many of them would follow her to the ends of the earth.

This person expressed undying devotion to Von D, no matter what she decides to do next:

Some Kat Von D supporters are ride-or-die.

This person thanked Kat for all she’s done for the beauty community.

Part of Kat Von D’s appeal is that she’s always marched to the beat of her own drum. For her, makeup was a means of artistic expression, not a means of blending in with everyone else.

This person shared a touching story about how Von D’s past generosity changed her life.

This kind of personal touch is hard to replicate once a brand becomes super corporate. 

This person was 100% supportive of Von D’s decision to step back.

It’s especially hard to juggle so many products as a new mom.

This person was just excited to hear Kat’s new album.

Not many people go from being a makeup mogul to being a rock-star. Talk about a pivot.

Selena Gomez Celebrated The Drop Of Revival With A New Tattoo—And We Bet You Didn’t Know These Celebs Had Neck Tats Too

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Selena Gomez Celebrated The Drop Of Revival With A New Tattoo—And We Bet You Didn’t Know These Celebs Had Neck Tats Too

Selena Gomez dropped her third solo studio album just last week. And she celebrated the years-in-the-making project by getting some new ink on Wednesday night. And we got thinking —did you know all these celebrities have neck tattoos too? Read on for more. 

Selena Gomez celebrated the release of her long-awaited third album Rare by getting a new tattoo. 

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Did it again @bangbangnyc 🦋 rare

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Taking to social media, the pop star revealed she’d inked the album’s title on her neck, just below her right ear. “Did it again…rare,” Gomez captioned a video of herself checking out the finished product in the mirror for the first time, also tagging famed New York City tattoo shop Bang Bang NYC. 

The dainty tattoo—written in the same script as the album’s cover art—isn’t her first one. 

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There must be a sweeter place. #Rare

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Although the singer’s brand new tattoo is just the most recent of her extensive collection, it does seem to be the first ink to directly reference one of her three solo studio sets. Her latest album features Hot 100 chart topper “Lose You To Love Me” and “Look At Her Now,” Rare serves as a years-in-the-making follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival.

Stars are always looking for new ways to express themselves…

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MONEY IVY 🍃🍃🍃

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Sometimes artists choose to convey their sensibility with particularly challenging acting roles or with the next top 40 ballad and other times with body art. So, how well do you know these oft-hidden works of celebrity ink? Keep reading to test your knowledge of stars’ neck tattoos.

Eva Longoria’s regretful ‘nine’ 

The “Desperate Housewives” star got this tattoo in honor of her husband, basketball star Tony Parker, who’s jersey number is —you guessed it— No. 9. After their marriage collapsed in late 2010 amid allegations Tony cheated, Eva began the painful process of having this tattoo (and two others that paid homage to the basketball star) removed.

Victoria Beckham’s Hebrew tattoo

The former pop star has a quote from the Song of Solomon etched in Hebrew down the back of her neck and spine in honor of her sixth wedding anniversary —although, she famously wanted to get it removed in the early 2010s, we’re not too sure whether the ink is still there. 

Jessica Alba’s little flower

The actress got this tiny design of a daisy and ladybug tattooed on the back of her neck years and years ago.

Vanessa Hudgens’ first tattoo

The “Spring Breakers” actress got the tattoo at New York City’s celeb-friendly tattoo parlor Bang Bang Tattoos in February 2011. “A butterfly landed on my mom’s stomach a week before I was born and that’s how I got my name, because Vanessa means butterfly —it’s a Latin derivative,” the “High School Musical” alum explained on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Rihanna’s typo

The super star’s neck tat reads “rebelle fleur,” which actually translates to the equivalent of “flower rebellious” rather than the intended “rebellious flower” or “rebel flower.” In 2011, the singer launched her first fragrance for women, which she similarly named Reb’l Fleur.

Justin Bieber’s Patience and Angel Wing Neck Tattoos

The Canadian singer-songwriter has ‘Patience’ inked vertically in a Gothic style font along the right side of his neck. He also has a tattoo of two black and grey angel wings on the back of his neck.

Cara Delevingne’s Magical Yantra Tattoo

The English model/actress first inked a design inspired by Yantra tattooing and later added a pair of spooky eyes.

Cardi B’s Samuel and Sign Language Tattoos

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The popular rapper has the American sign language gesture for “I Love You” and a small black star inked behind her right ear. She also had the name “Samuel” in red ink tattooed just below her neck —although that one has probably been removed by now. 

Offset’s tribute to Cardi

Nothing says “I love you forever” like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your neck. Migos rapper Offset apparently had “Cardi B” inked on his neck along with a cartoon image of Powerpuff Girls character Buttercup (a fave of Cardi B).