Lesley Hampton (she/her) is an Anishinaabe Artist and Fashion Designer focused on mental health awareness, body positivity, and authentic representation in fashion and media. She is the Owner and Creative Director of LESLEY HAMPTON, a size-inclusive clothing and accessory brand based in Toronto. She is also a signed curve model with BNM Model Management, and speaker on Indigenous entrepreneurship and diversity in fashion. Lesley aims to decolonize euro-centric standards in the fashion industry, inspire the next decade of Indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs, and create space for empowerment and representation in fashion and media.
A member of Temagami First Nation, located in northern Ontario, Lesley identifies as an adult ‘Third Culture Kid’ with her formative years spent in Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic, Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia. This amalgamation of her Anishinaabe indigeneity and her international nomadic upbringing nurtured a passion for socio-cultural causes.
Lesley has been described as “an important Indigenous face in the Canadian fashion landscape” by the Globe and Mail and “the number one Canadian Brand to keep your eye on” from VOGUE. She is the 2021 recipient of both the CAFA Fashion Impact Award and Indspire Award, was nominated for an Ontario Premier’s Award in 2019, and the George Brown College Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year recipient in 2018.