Lesley Hampton (she/her) is an Anishinaabe Artist and Fashion Designer focused on mental health awareness, body positivity, and authentic representation in fashion, film, and media. She is the Creative Director of LESLEY HAMPTON, an indigenous-owned, size inclusive clothing and accessory brand based in Toronto, ON. She is also a signed curve model with BNM Model Management, and speaker on Indigenous entrepreneurship.
Lesley has been described as “an important Indigenous face in the Canadian fashion landscape” by the Globe and Mail, and “Wherever her career takes her, activism and style will always go hand-in-hand” according to The National Post.
Lesley Hampton is a member of Temagami First Nation, located in northern Ontario, and she also identifies as a 'third culture kid' with her early life of constant relocation. Formative years spent in Canada's Arctic and Atlantic, Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia, added to her quest to establish a personal and cultural identity. Lesley defines herself through the amalgamation of her Anishinaabe indigeneity and her early nomadic upbringing. Lesley has nurtured a passion for socio-cultural concepts, to help define her identity, and reconnect with her indigenous roots.
Lesley has been an ambassador for equality, diversity and authentic representation of both beauty standards and culture within the fashion and media industries. This advocacy coupled with her artistic passion and ability naturally took shape through what is now her fashion brand as well as her personal brand.