India Hicks

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India Hicks

We got talking to India Hicks, entrepreneur, podcaster, writer, presenter, model and mother of five, about her lockdown life in The Bahamas.

WHERE ARE YOU WRITING THIS?

I am on my bed, in Harbour Island, where I have lived for 25 years. 

 

WHERE ARE YOU DREAMING OF GOING AS SOON AS THE QUARANTINE ENDS?

Back to England to see my mother who is going to be 91 next week and who I won’t sadly be able to be with.

 

WHAT QUOTE/ MANTRA / MINDFULNESS GO TO IS GETTING YOU THROUGH THIS?

“Plus est en vous”. It was my Gordonstoun school motto which means ‘there is more in you, than you thought’ and I think that is probably true for a lot of us right now.

 

WHAT WON’T YOU EVER TAKE FOR GRANTED AGAIN POST QUARANTINE?

We go through a 3-month hurricane season here (in the Bahamas) so there is an awful lot we are used to not having – shopping, bikini waxes, travel. I think I will never take for granted physical contact. It’s weird when you are in town and see a friend and want to jump off your golf cart and give them a hug but you can’t do that. 

 

WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE YOU LOVING AND WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT TO?

Certainly, the small islands that rely on tourism are going to need an awful lot of support 

 

WHAT RESTAURANT WILL BE YOUR FIRST MEAL POST QUARANTINE?

Queen Conch – down the end of the road. But always ask for tourist strength otherwise your bikini is going to blow off

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU ENTERTAINED PRINT OR DIGITAL?

Digital – definitely!

 

WE ARE CALLED THE DECK – WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CARD GAME?

Canaster – I grew up playing canaster, as did my mother. She would play with her uncle who was the King of Sweden and she said they always knew when he would pick up a King as he would mutter to himself ‘hmm how appropriate!’

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM SUIT LOOK LIKE?

Prince of Wales check with an interior of a leopard print silk lining. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON NETFLIX?

Tiger King, because who can beat that opening line – ‘fuck Carole Baskin’ – it’s a good one!

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

‘This is Pleasure’ by Mary Gaitskill. It’s very strange. It’s about inappropriate behaviour of a man but seen from both the accuser and his side. Extremely though provoking. 

 

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKINCARE REGIME? THE PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Intraceuticals - an Australian brand. 1,2,3 boom and you’re done. It’s all about progressive technology. I’m not into regimes, its just quick and out. 

 

YOUR GO TO VITAMINS?

I don’t really do vitamins. Liquorice and Green Juice – not sure if that counts!

 

HOW ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR KIDS ENTERTAINED?

I don’t – they entertain me [all 5 of them]. One of them said, ‘when quarantine ends, lets not tell some people’.

 

WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORKOUT OF CHOICE?  

At the moment, very restrictive. We are on a complete lockdown here so Tamara who I normally work out with, joins me via my phone and we stretch and gossip together! 

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