Image Credit: Jessica Eisner
Today we’d like to introduce you to India-Haylee Barton.
Thanks for sharing your story with us India-Haylee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m originally from a small island off the coast of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island. As a child I never really fit in, I was bullied for my body and sexual orientation kids can be really tough and love to home in on things that make you unique and different, however I think the negative experiences have made me into the person I am today it made me ambitious and made me want to succeed and prove them all wrong. So, I moved to LA with a suitcase $200 and my dreams.
In my earlier years, I was always drawn to Hollywood and was interested in music acting and the arts, my Mum owned a restaurant growing up so naturally I also gained interest in culinary arts and began cooking around age five.
Has it been a smooth road?
There has always been bumps in the road but I believe they helped make me stronger and more determined to do what I love and with the obstacles there’s always a great thing coming around the corner. Patience, hard work and belief in yourself is key.
Please tell us about your work.
I’m a curve model known for rebelling and going against the grain pushing industry boundaries, I like to work with photographers and other creatives that are also breaking the mold and hold the same morals as I do e.g. (Ellen von Unwerth, Nadia Lee Cohen, Marilyn Manson, Gregory Arlt) I also work as a casting director and am now working on a tv show melding fashion and food together, My partner and I also organize monthly nightlife events here in Hollywood.
Who also deserves credit, have you had mentors supporters cheerleaders etc.
My mum has always been my biggest supporter and has always encouraged me to be myself and live my dreams, my partner is also a huge support and is always helping me see the bigger picture and believe in myself and I’m eternally grateful.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the industry changing for the better it is becoming a place where everyone can feel represented by all and have someone to look up to and inspired by.
- Instagram: instagram.com/indiahayleebarton
first image: By Jon lieckfelt, photo of me and my girlfriend Miss Tosh, third image me and my friends and favorite glam team Gregory Arlt and Jon lieckfelt, fourth image polaroid of me and my friend and huge mentor Ellen Von Unwerth, fifth image photo by Jora Frantzis, sixth image photo of me and my girlfriend Miss Tosh, seventh photo campaign photo for Alpine Butterfly Swim, eighth photo for Paper magazine shot by Nadia lee Cohen for GCDS, ninth image of me and Marilyn Manson shot by Ellen Von Unwerth for King Kong Garcon Magazine