India Hicks’ memories of Africa

by Saturday, January 5, 2019

In the summer of 2017, David and I and our five children travelled to Africa, to experience the landscapes and wildlife from desert to jungle, and human life from remote tribal village to teeming metropolis. We fished on the Zambezi river, amongst crocodiles and hippos, and found baboons helping themselves quite literally to the cookies from our cookie jar. We had a gigantic bull elephant wander into our camp in the Okavango Delta, and at dawn we followed a pride of lions hunting for breakfast. We came home filled with the spirit of this great continent with its imprint on our memories.

Top Tip

Tin Trunk Safaris worked with us to plan many of those moments turned memories. Working with an expert is key. Once you’re on the ground a great bag is essential. Our Edwina Bag, a suede hobo that I wear cross-body, was not designed with a safari in mind, but Lordy, it worked well deep in the Okavango Delta. I was also quite glad to have some IH scarves along. They came in awfully handy.

 

Always Pack

I pack carefully; clothes that need little ironing, shoes that go from day to night, squashable puffer jacket, pillow for the plane and my Supreme Cream. Not much time for anything else and this does double duty. It’s a highly effective moisturizer with a serum built in. Made with organic and natural plant-based ingredients combined with the latest hi-tech actives. We call it Supreme Cream but many days it is also my survival cream.

Disaster Averted

The day had started just fine in our Los Angeles office, I had been with my friend Nathan Turner in the Santa Monica farmers market, laughing and being ridiculous together. From there I went to the airport… “We don’t have any record of any reservation for you” said the check-in chick. “But I have to get on the flight, I’m a guest speaker at a conference in San Francisco this afternoon.” After quite a bit of no-seats-sorry-oh-yes-maybe-one-middle-seat I ran for the plane, heart beat racing and made it only to find that my perfectly timed 15-minute speech was suddenly to be five instead.

Future Destination

A family heli-skiing adventure in Iceland for the Northern Lights. Horseback riding, sea kayaking in the fjords, puffin chasing, surfing and hot-springs hopping are other possibilities in this volcanic land.

About India Hicks

I was born in London, England.

My father was famed interior decorator David Hicks, and my mother is Pamela Hicks, daughter to the Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

My grandfather was the last Viceroy of India, hence my name.

The Prince of Wales is my Godfather. A wonderful one. But as a tom boy it was hard to forgive being asked to wear that frilly dress as a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana.

Following school I backpacked around the world for a year. I returned to London, took a foundation course in art, before moving to Boston, to take a degree in photography, graduating unexpectedly with honors.

A fashion magazine featured me in an issue of ‘New Beauties’, which Ralph Lauren saw and subsequently booked me for my first modeling job. A career on the other side of the camera was born.

I now live on a small island in the Bahamas, with David Flint Wood and our five children: Felix, Amory, Conrad, Domino and Wesley, our fostered Bahamian son. We have built and restored 4 houses and a hotel on the island.

I am a passionate horse rider. I also scuba dive, bungee jump, parachute and hand glide, snow ski, water ski and wakeboard. I have climbed into the Grand Canyon, run three 26.2 mile marathons and have completed four 100-mile bike rides in aid of charity.

I have published three books: ‘Island Life’, ‘Island Beauty’, and, most recently, ‘Island Style’. Part of the proceeds from these books have been donated to a small non-profit community school in The Bahamas.

After a successful career designing collections of bath & beauty products, bedding and jewellery in partnership with others the time for change has arrived……

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