We as a people are the African Diaspora. 

A global community taken from our homeland of Africa centuries ago and dispersed in multiple destinations across the world.  The USA, Caribbean, UK, Brazil, Europe and Mauritius to name a few.  Each of us share a common bond with the place where we originated.  

Seeking to bring our diaspora together in celebration of the skin we are in and to acknowledge those among us who have migrated far and wide across all continents, including Australasia, Skin I'm In is proud to introduce to you,  our 'One Diaspora' Gala event.  As a diaspora, we are stronger when joined and united.   

Collaborating with graphic design house Studio Badu, we present a night that will leave you feeling inspired and empowered.

The Mayfair Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel has been reserved exclusively for our pleasure and their doors will open to welcome us to a memorable night of black excellence.

This is our signature event. An event that collectively celebrates the diaspora in such a way that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Australia.

We have gathered a collective of amazing women to help make this event even more special and we do so in support and recognition of the #TimesUp movement which shines a light on the sexual harassment of women across the globe. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an event ‘for us, by us’.  A 5-star night which includes fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, exquisite food and entertainment. 






Nubian Skin was founded by 33 year-old British-born Ade Hassan, MBE.

To quote Ade, “My nude isn’t the nude I see in shops. Despite the reality that women of colour have the same needs as all women when it comes to lingerie and hosiery, the industry simply doesn’t cater to us.  So, I thought, it’s time to rethink the definition of nude”.

Ade brought a truly innovative product to the market.  Nubian Skin managed to do something that had an impact beyond itself, and redefining ‘nude’, and making the term more inclusive meant that Nubian Skin has had a huge influence, with many parts of the industry realising the need to be more inclusive.  Testament to this are the milestones she has achieved.  Being featured in some form in every major fashion magazine; supplying the wardrobe of major productions in the West End and on Broadway, and being selected to provide the underpinnings for the Beyonce Formation Tour!

Last year, Ade was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to fashion.  The award was made in recognition of Ade’s commitment to her mission to redefine nude, and the impact she has consequently made on the fashion industry.

Read our Q&A interview with Ade Hassan here.




Kemi Nekvapil is a professional life-coach, speaker and author who has worked in the wellness industry for more than 20 years.

A British TV name, Kemi acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has worked as a chef in top London restaurants. She became a yoga teacher in India; met her husband in Thailand and moved to Australia where she pioneered the raw food movement.  Kemi studied happiness in Bhutan, and then established her successful life-coaching practice.

As an international coach and keynote speaker, Kemi facilitates programs and speaks for organisations including Price Waterhouse Cooper, Lululemon Athletica and Dermalogica, to name a few.

Kemi is the author of Raw Beauty - The 7 Principles to nourish your body, transform your mind and create the life you want and, The Gift of Asking - A woman's guide to creating personal power.

As a writer, she is a regular columnist for the Australian Education Union and Business Chicks.  A former weekly columnist for SBS Life, she has featured in many publications including The Age, SMH, The Huffington Post, Mindfood, Wellbeing and Peppermint magazines.

A respected and dynamic speaker, Kemi a regular media commentator on women's well-being, self-care and leadership.

Mother of two, a wife and an endurance athlete, she runs 42km-100km races and is a passionate gardener and lover of really, really good food.






As the self-proclaimed “Baby Hair, Super Fresh, B-Phlat’s personality is as phunny as her comedy. With high profile appearances on TV Guide Channel’s “Stand-Up in Stilettos”, Nick Jr.’s “Nick Mom’s Night Out”, and Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders”, to name a few, she was selected to perform at the 2017 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival taping for Kevin Hart’s network LOL LIVE, and debuted on the 2018 Comedy Central network series “This Is Not Happening” hosted by Roy Woods, Jr.




Dany Maia’s singing career began as a solo artist at bars and other venues in the nightlife of Salvador, Bahia’s capital.  She has sung as a lead vocalist with various bands throughout her career and performed at the famous Carnivals of both Sao Paulo and Salvador.

In 2004, she produced and released her first promo album, Danielle Maia Ao Vivo.  
Merging percussive rhythms with the classic Bossa Nova, Samba and jazz, she has created a cultural melting pot of music that is reflective of her place of birth.   
In 2010 Dany made her way to Australia and has performed at many clubs and venues throughout Melbourne.  A multi-talented performer with an irrepressible stage presence, Dany embodies the true spirit of the 'Baiana’.






Elevating crowds with their musical aesthetic, encompassing a sheer transcendent purpose in the ever-evolving music industry, Dijok & Teejae Mai have paired up to transform dance floors into heavens of high quality exuberance. 

More than a DJ duo, they have ventured creative paths, blending elements of music through, fashion, activism, art, and culture. Working and co-creating alongside I-D and Nylon Magazine, the pair is constantly reaching new heights. The energy, passion and chemistry between the dynamic duo is contagious, keeping the atmosphere fuelled, in all ways, always. 





Grand Hyatt Melbourne is ideally located in Melbourne’s Central Business District, at the Paris end of Collins Street. Tullamarine Domestic and International Airport is located just 23 kilometres from the hotel.



There is the option of valet parking at the hotel for AUD $55 per night, per car. Entry is accessed via the hotel’s Russell Street driveway. 

Alternatively, there is Wilson Parking which is conveniently located underneath the hotel. Offering 24 hour parking, access is via our Russell Street driveway and/or the car park entrance off Flinders Lane. The car park has a height restriction of 2.0 metres.





  • Tram Route 19 on Collins Street - Access to Melbourne Zoo

  • Tram Route 5 on Swanston Street - Access to Old Melbourne Goal

  • Tram Route 11 on Collins Street - Access to Bourke Street Mall


At Skin I’m In we love to encourage networking and building relationships within our community.  Our past guests have included professionals and businesses from many industries including health, legal, engineering, banking and finance, IT, art and culture and not for profits. 

There is plenty of opportunity for introductions and making some new contacts for your profession, business and mentees so don’t be shy.

This night is the chance for you to be inspired, engaged and entertained but most importantly to feel a sense of pride and belonging.  Enjoy!



Exclusive Skin I'm In discount for accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Hotel is available.
Use booking code 'EVENT' to receive $50.00 off your hotel stay per night. 

Please contact us at if you would like more information.


Included in your ticket: international entertainers, live music, a 4-course dinner with canapes, premium all-night drinks and discounted accommodation.

ticket (single)

$290 per person
Members receive 10% off. 

ticket (double)

Enjoy the night with your plus one.
$284.90 per person
Members receive 10% off.


table (8 tickets)

A table of 8 to share with your family and friends.
$273.90 per person
Members receive 10% off.

dress code

Black tie.

Come sleek, chic, and ready for the red carpet!
Visit our Instagram for inspiration.




q: when will tickets be delivered?

a: All tickets will be mailed to guests via Australia Post on 3 September 2018.  Any tickets purchased after this date will be mailed within 2-3 days of receipt of payment.


q: will I receive a receipt for payment?

a: Yes. All purchases will be confirmed via email within 24 hours of purchase and an electronic receipt/tax invoice provided. 


q: what about dietary requirements?

a: Dietary requirements can be noted at checkout when purchasing tickets. Alternatively, you may email us at with dietary requirements within 7 days of your ticket purchase.


q: can i be seated next to my friends and family?

a: Please email us at with your request within 7 days of ticket purchase.


q: do you offer refunds before the event?

a: No. as per our terms and refunds policy, refunds will only be given in the event that Skin I’m In cancels, reschedules or significantly relocates the event.


q: what is the dress code?

a: This is a black-tie event so please come sleek, chic, and ready for the red carpet i.e. tuxedo, gown, cocktail dress


q: can i invite friends within other communities?

a: Absolutely. The event is open to anyone who supports the celebration of the skin we are in.


q: can we buy tickets at the door?

a: No. This is an advance ticket event only.


q: i want to become a member of Skin i'm in, how do I do that?

a: That’s great news.  Click here and complete our online form. Someone from the Skin I’m In team will contact you within 24-48 hours.  


q: is there an age limit for the gala?

a: There is a minimum age requirement of 16 years. 


q: we would like to promote our business at your event, how do we go about this?

a: We would love to collaborate with you.  Request a copy of our sponsorship brochure here and someone from the Skin I’m In team will contact you. 


Is there anything else you would like to know?  Email us at





one diaspora artwork

The artwork seen throughout the 2018 gala branding draws inspiration from geography and storytelling to illustrate a 'One Diaspora' through symbolism and modern hieroglyphic language. Centred around a journey/movement through the many countries (land/sea) that make up the African diaspora; we celebrate our diversified and colour-filled representation of oneness working in harmony as a global community.