Designer, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and mother of five, India Hicks was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator, David Hicks, and her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was the last Viceroy of India, hence her name.
India has always made bold life choices, which have led to a multi-faceted, unexpected life journey. She has authored four design books, modeled for Ralph Lauren, among others, and been an on-air personality for networks ranging from Bravo to the BBC. She has had her hand in the design world for over two decades - from hotels to home collections.
In 2015 India launched her eponymous Direct Sales brand. British Heritage and a fresh perspective on island life informed this exclusive lifestyle collection. Despite closing its doors after 5 years of trading, thousands of women saw talents and qualities in themselves that had been undiscovered.
More recently India launched a Podcast series - a look into the life of her extraordinary mother Lady Pamela - recording wonderfully intimate conversations between mother and daughter. With over 100,000 downloads already, the Podcast repeatedly sits at the top of many charts.
The India Hicks company had a strong focus on Giving Back as has India herself. Having run 3 marathons in aid of Bahamian children's education and cycling two 100 mile races raising funds for breast cancer in the Bahamas - a cause close to her heart as this disease took the life of her adopted son's mother.
Living in the Bahamas for the past 25 years India is in the position to now partner with Global Empowerment Mission as an on the ground force, brining awareness to the continuing crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
On this episode, India shares her one way ticket on a sailboat that continuously sails around the world. She also reflects on traveling through the country for which she is named, the status of recovery in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian struck, the importance of humor in life & design, and her favorite memory of Diana, Princess of Wales for whom she was a bridesmaid.
India is just one of the dynamic personalities featured on The One Way Ticket Show, where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they would go if given a one way ticket, no coming back. Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.
Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Fashion Expert, Tim Gunn; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Playwright, David Henry Hwang; Journalist-Humorist-Actor, Mo Rocca; SkyBridge Capital Founder & Co-Managing Partner, Anthony Scaramucci; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, chefs, writers, intellectuals and more.