India Hicks

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India Hicks
Born India Amanda Caroline Hicks
(1967-09-05) 5 September 1967 (age 47)
London, England
Partner(s) David Flint Wood
Parents David Nightingale Hicks
Lady Pamela Hicks

India Amanda Caroline Hicks (born 5 September 1967 in London, England) is a former fashion model, 678th in line to the line of succession to the British Throne.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hicks is the third child of Lady Pamela Mountbatten and David Nightingale Hicks, an interior designer of the 1960s and 1970s. Through her maternal grandfather, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, she is a second cousin to The Prince of Wales, who is also her godfather.[2]

Brought up in London and Oxfordshire, she attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland, until she was expelled for entertaining boys in her room.[3][4] She spent holidays at the family estate in Ireland and at her father's self-designed and built Bahamian-holiday home.[5] In 1981, she served as bridesmaid to Lady Diana Spencer at her wedding to Prince Charles.[6]

Career[edit]

Aged 17, she drove from England to Italy to meet designer Emilio Pucci. On arrival, he made her model all of his catsuits.[7] In 1990, Hicks graduated from the New England School of Photography in Boston, MA with a concentration in Color and Editorial photography [8] and graduated with Honors.[citation needed] She later moved to New York, and developed a career as a model in the 1980s and 1990s, working for Ralph Lauren and J. Crew amongst others,[5] and featuring in Tatler magazine; she was also the face of British brand Viyella.[9]

Hicks renovated and developed several plantation style guest houses and a hotel in the Caribbean with her partner David Flint Wood.[citation needed] She also owns the boutique 'The Sugar Mill' [10] where she sells clothes, bed linens and items gathered while travelling.

In 2007, Hicks hosted the second season of the Bravo interior design competition TV series Top Design.[11]

In 2011, she commentated on the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, for both ITV and ABC. She has been filmed as a royal commentator for the BBC, ABC, Channel 4, NBC, Oprah Winfrey[12] and Larry King.[13]

Personal life[edit]

David Flint Wood, a former ad man turned decorator, is the father of Hicks' four children Felix, Amory, Conrad and Domino. They have also fostered a Bahamian child, Wesley.[14]

  • Felix Austen Flint Wood (born 23 May 1997 Miami, Florida)
  • Amory John Flint Wood (born 25 June 1999 Miami, Florida)
  • Conrad Lorenzo Flint Wood (born 25 April 2003 Miami, Florida)
  • Domino Carmen Flint Wood (born 17 December 2007 Miami, Florida)

The family lives in the Bahamas.[4]

Ancestry[edit]

Preceded by
Jordan Brudenell
Line of succession to the British Throne Succeeded by
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Succession 2011". WARGS. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Nugent, Emma (6 January 2000). "Charles: The Godfather". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "My Secret Life: India Hicks, interior designer, 42 - Profiles". The Independent (London). 27 February 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Williams, Sally (6 May 2012). "India Hicks: He was all alone – I cried and took him in". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b Muhlke, Christine (19 February 2009). "Profile in Style: India Hicks". The New York times. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Christine Haughney, "A Royal Wedding? She's Been There", The New York Times, 1 April 2011
  7. ^ Post (23 April 2011). "An Interview With India Hicks". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jewelry designer India Hicks drops in at the Boston Design Center". Boston. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. [dead link]
  9. ^ Alexander, Hilary (17 January 2011). "India Hicks, the royal bridesmaid with a no-frills attitude, is the new face of Viyella". Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Harbour Island Bahamas - India Hicks Harbour Island Insider Guide". Luxurytravel.about.com. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  11. ^ "India Hicks". Bravo TV. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  12. ^ "Princess Diana's Bridesmaid - India Hicks". Oprah.com. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Interview With India Hicks, Prince Charles's Goddaughter - Transcripts". CNN. 2004-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  14. ^ Sadie Whitelocks (2012-05-07). "India Hicks on why she adopted a Bahamian teenager: Model and friend to the Royals tells emotional story for first time". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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