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I was surprised to find that there are 29 people named Hayley Beale in the UK. Beale is not a particularly common last name, and the spelling of Hayley is unusual – I was named after the actress Hayley Mills who was a British child star in the 1960’s. There are few (if any) of us in America, where our first name is usually spelled Hailey or Haley.
So what are some of the other Hayley Beales up to?
There’s the teenage one who has just passed her A ‘Levels and is now studying art at university. She made a music video for her media studies class and sometimes dresses somewhat more raunchily than I do:
It’s fascinating what you can glean about people by trawling through the Internet, though I don’t think I’ve yet found enough to set me off writing The Other Hayley Beale a la Wes Moore. At first I found it a little unsettling to see photos of women who were not me labeled with my name, but after a while I start feeling a kinship with them and wanted to find out more about them.