Remembered as both a fashion model and an author, Hicks is famous for her socially groundbreaking books Excuse Me, Are You a Model? (published in 1990) and Discuss Disgust (1992). She also penned an autobiographical and controversial newspaper column titled "The Bonny Hicks Diary."
While studying at Hwa Chong Junior College, she began her modeling career at the insistence of her mentor, professional swimmer-turned-talent-agent Patricia Chan Li-Yin.
Tragically, she and her fiance, architect Randy Dalrymple, were killed in the 1997 crash of SilkAir Flight 185 while traveling from Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore.
Born in Malaysia as the biological child of Englishman Ron Hicks, she spent the majority of her youth in Singapore in the care of her mother, Betty Soh.
She and fellow Malaysian-Singaporean author Catherine Lim both became known for their socially-themed work.