Why and Who We are
Why Brown Boss Babes?
We wanted to create a connected space for South Asian and Brown Women here in Australia! Our why is a bringing these women together, who have the desire to make open, honest and solid connections. It can be challenging making new friends in adulthood – let alone meaningful, authentic connections with strangers.
Our BBBs come from all walks of life and in different shapes, ages, background and life experiences. This can be seen amongst the three of us who began BBB, with how different each of us are to start with.
BBB was founded in a living room in Western Sydney NSW. It was initially driven by the desire to initially connect brown & South Asian women who share the entrepreneurial spirit. It has now grown into so much more with the main goal to connect Brown and South Asian women here in Australia!
We started by holding a photoshoot to showcase the solidarity and power of the women in our South Asian Community. The shoot shot by Vandort Media (Trevine Vandort) had multiple themes, the modern south Asian, the traditional and the fit south Asian. Using the shoot, we started our Instagram account and used the photos as content to share our message about women supporting and uplifting women – regardless of ethnicity!
Since 2018, we have held various events, workshops, meet ups (virtual meet ups during COVID-19 lockdowns). We are pleased that every event we have held, the proceeds have all been donated to charities and organisations here in Australia that support Women and Women of Colour!
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Meet our Committee
Co-Founder & President
When I was growing up, I had no choice but to assimilate into the Australian Culture as I went to schools that had a lack of diversity. It was normaly for my twin sister and I to be the only WOC in our classes. I did not have any brown women that I looked up to apart from my mother and grandmothers. We did not watch many Tamil movies growing up and we did not go to Tamil School. Majority of my friends were not WOC. This had a huge impact on my life as I did not feel a sense of connection and I was also bullied because of my skin colour. Even in high school I remember being called a Burnt Sausage. All these experiences eventually led me to my advocacy path. Without these experiences I do not think I would have been as passionate about the WOC movement, inclusivity and general feminism.
I work full time as the General Manager (2IC) and Senior Forensic Fire Investigator at Fire Forensics (which is a male dominated industry). I also own and operate multiple businesses and honoured to be able to sit on multiple committees that serve the community. My mind is constantly working and I have a schedule each day I follow with a very long to do list. This allows me to be present for both my son, dog and husband.
Co-Founder & Vice President
So that show, the one and only Never Have I Ever, that was basically my upbringing almost to an 80% tee. When that show first came out last year, I woke up to a bevy of messages from my friends and family telling me I either looked like/resembled/shared a life story with Devi/Maitreyi. For the longest time I struggled between feeling too much/not enough all at the same time, while navigating being too brown for the white/non-brown kids and too white for the brown kids. It was only when I moved out of home and lived in Canada for a year, was I truly able to understand the beauty of marrying a Western upbringing and Eastern heritage together. And how there is immense intricacy and beauty in both. I am a Film Marketing Specialist full-time (working for one of my dream Hollywood companies) and own an Art Business on the side. Vee also works full-time and owns multiple businesses but has powerfully championed so many of our BBB initiatives over the past few months in lockdown, while I started a new role and planned for my first art show. It’s about being able to step in and step up when support is needed.
Whilst growing up in Sydney, my twin sister and I were raised with a relatively western upbringing approach, which altered my sense of identity and belonging whilst growing up. Once we commenced university, I actively endeavoured to connect and find opportunities to better understand and further develop my sense of self. The true catalyst occurred following a volunteering trip with my sister to Sri-Lanka. We were incredibly fortunate to visit a group home for girls and women who had lost everything but continued to empower and support one another to ‘show us the sky so we can spread our wings’. Following this trip, I was truly inspired and developed a strong interest towards the need for women to support one another, to speak up for our rights, and to advocate for our communities.
I work as a paediatric psychologist full time, and I have been supporting BBB since Day 1. Personally, it has provided me with an amazing opportunity to work with a community where woman can communicate, affirm, and support one another.
When I immigrated from India, I experienced a deep sense of loneliness. I tried hard fitting in the western culture but I never felt accepted. When I attended my first BBB event, I fell in love with the community of women I met. For the first time, I experienced true connection, genuine love and care from other WOC. I found a place where I belonged; I could freely share my struggles without fearing being judged or criticised. Women were cheering on for one another and celebrating each other. I truly feel privileged to be part of this community and I want to create an inclusive experience for other WOC where they feel loved, empowered and supported.
I am passionate about empowering women to break through their mental blocks so that they can tap into their inner radiance and power to create a life they desire. I live my purpose as a Mindset Coach.