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India Hicks: Mum wouldn't want my girl to model

FashionBy Sunday World
India Hicks: Mum wouldn't want my girl to model

India Hicks' mother would be "horrified" if she knew India's seven-year-old daughter was modelling.

The 47-year-old former model began her career working for the likes of Emilio Pucci and Ralph Lauren, and things have come full circle with her seven-year-old daughter Domino walking the runway for Ralph's childrenswear show earlier this month.

While India loved seeing her little girl on the catwalk, she knows her 86-year-old mum Lady Pamela Hicks - who was a lady-in-waiting for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - would have other ideas.

"My mother would be horrified to think she was walking in a fashion show at age seven, but it's all about kids, giving back, and it's a one-off opportunity," India told British magazine Hello!

Domino wowed in a wintery white outfit, including knitted jumper and a matching hat. Although she enjoyed herself, there was a moment when it looked like things might not go to plan.

"I went backstage and said, 'Hello,' and she suddenly went, 'I don't want to do this.' But I think it was just because she saw her mummy. She's excited. I think when you're among a load of other kids and you're all doing something together, it's fun," India said.

On top of that, the former model loved seeing her tot working with Ralph. The fashion designer was one of the first to give her a start in the industry, with India advised to meet with him after people suggested she give modelling a go while she was studying for a photography course. She did, and the rest is history.

"Ralph was the first person I ever modelled for, so it feels like a family. There were tailors measuring her who I worked with 25 years ago," she recalled.

"It's incredible that Ralph is here today and is still so relevant. I look up to him because he's broken so many barriers and hasn't deviated from his dream. There's something to be said for that in the fickle world of fashion. And he has a real joie de vivre."

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