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Birchbox Crush: India Hicks

When she was younger, India Hicks was best known for her lineage. And with good reason: Her father, David Hicks, is a famed interior decorator; her mother, Pamela, is the daughter of the Earl and Countess Mountbattten of Burma; and her godfather is Prince Charles of Wales (in fact, she was a bridesmaid in his wedding to Lady Diana). But these days, she’s a celeb in her own right. After ten years as an in-demand model, she has moved on to become a professional photographer, bestselling author, boutique owner, creative partner with beauty brand Crabtree and Evelyn, fine jewelry designer…the list goes on. She lives in the Bahamas with her partner and four kids, where she manages to be the most stylish multitasking mom we know. We caught up with her about how she juggles it all, her latest projects, her life on Harbour Island, and her SPF secret.

Of course, with my own kids, I am incredibly vigilant and only trust Dr. Robin’s SPF 30.

Island Life

The idea of a tropical island appeals to almost everybody. It certainly did to us and it continues to do so. Who could argue with no parking tickets and a night sky with a moon shining so brightly, you can see the shadows of stingrays as they flit across the bay?

SPF Secret

I was three years old when my parents first brought me to the Bahamas. I burnt horribly. My mother took me to the local doctor who reprimanded her saying, “You have no right to bring a fair English skin to the tropics." Of course, with my own kids, I am incredibly vigilant and only trust Dr. Robin’s SPF 30.


Moroccan Oil is a must-have for me because otherwise all the humidity makes my hair look like something similar to Crystal Tips, a crazy character from a childhood book that my sister used to read to me.

Latest Endeavor

My lifestyle boutique on Harbour Island, The Sugar Mill, offers a carefully curated selection of both products that I find on my trips to far flung corners of the world and local finds. Against my better judgment, I have just launched the store online as well. It’s utter madness — it’s very hard to merchandise the shop windows of a website. But I have really enjoyed designing little treasures that we’re selling as just online exclusives.

Vacation Destination

My favorite place to vacation these days is anywhere with snow. Suddenly, after many years of the beach, we are looking for snow.

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