What went down at the size? x Babes On Waves event

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In case you missed it, last Friday size? and Babes On Waves celebrated International Women’s Month with the Making Waves event. Set at Dalston Roofpark in a large open space adorned in pink lighting and occupied by all manner of stalls – thankfully indoors as the heavens well and truly opened – we welcomed vendors, performers, and caterers who provided the goods at this sold-out event.

Attendees were welcomed by the sounds of Edith Escobar, with JJess and our very own size? sessions DJ Talia A. Darling taking over as the evening went on, filling the space with Dancehall, UKG, Afrobeat and more.

Along with plenty of vendors to browse, attendees had the opportunity to get free tooth gems thanks to Blinged Smile and their makeup done courtesy of Sandra’s Daughter Makeup. Live martial arts and stunt demonstrations by Melaninjah and BUGEISHA CLUB also took place throughout the night, a clear representation of female power and the ability to thrive in sports and industries often associated with men.

BUGEISHA CLUB is a collective of women with mixed Asian backgrounds who support each other and reinforce sisterhood within the creative and sports communities. It was founded by Becky Tun Pe – half Burmese, a quarter German, quarter English, born in Thailand, and raised in the UK, Becky was heavily influenced by her father and brothers’ love for martial arts growing up.

WOC creatives showcased their talents in our Makers Market – including a whole host of stalls supplying everything from scented sneaker candles to clothing, accessories, and more. We caught up with Babes On Waves member Prachi of Melt Jewellery, she gets her creative inspiration from the visceral emotions of euphoria and crafts her pieces by melting silver. She thought the evening had, “a nice vibe – it’s fun to come to”, whilst Una, who attended the event, enjoyed the inclusivity of the evening, “it’s a really safe space, where as a person attending, there’s no pressure… regardless of when you got here you can get the same out of it; welcoming, great vibes, communal. The kind of thing I would want to do at the weekend – plus it’s all for charity.”

For Xae, mooshi founder, this was her very first pop-up event – a chance for her to unveil her chunky crocheted designs, “I saw Babes On Waves on Instagram, commented on a post and now we’re here… I’m not myself if I’m not doing something creative.”

As well as clothing and accessories, there were plenty of sweet treats to choose from, with Lil’ Wong Bakes supplying their Pandan Sando’s, and MAKS Candy with their unique lips-shaped chocolates. There was a real community aspect to the evening – something that BOW really strives for to empower underrepresented women in male-dominated creative industries. Sam from Lil Wong Bakes thought it was “great to have everyone as women all together in one place, championing each other’s brands…” as “the energy from everyone is always so good.”

All in all, it was a night of inclusivity and celebration of creativity in all its forms; a fitting tribute to International Women’s Day which highlighted the invaluable platform provided by Babes On Waves.

Check out our blog for more content here, including what went down at least year’s IWD event.

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