I Met Katy Perry Thanks To DAA!
Author: Luna Berckmoes
Thursday 5th of March 2015 01:01:36 PM

Yesterday evening I got to meet Katy Perry. And of course, it was AWESOME. How did THAT happen, you ask? Well, let me tell you!

On Monday, I was thinking about a personal blogpost. Obviously, it had to be good, so I started thinking. Suddenly, the Prismatic Tour popped to mind. ‘Hey, I can talk about my experience at the show!' ‘Great!' said our founder and creative director Ninette, ‘Maybe you can deliver a DAA-book to Katy Perry as well'. That seemed so far away that it was immediately banned to my ‘That will never happen'-box. If only I knew the magical powers of DAA...

On Tuesday around 8 PM I received a text message on my phone saying ‘Somebody is going to meet Katy Perry for real tomorrow night!'. You know the crazy moments in life when you don't know whether to laugh or to cry? It was definitely such a moment. I just sat there, staring at my phone, all kinds of thoughts running through my mind. Designers Against AIDS had just arranged a Meet & Greet with Katy Perry within one day. How was that even possible?

The next day I woke up in a haze which almost made me miss my bus. In the afternoon I received a message from the Katy Perry VIP Coordinator (!), saying I had to be there at 8.15 PM, so they could pick me and my friend up to go backstage together. Before I left the DAA HQ, I got armed with the book and a few other presents, including our infamous 'Wrap It Up Before You Fuck It Up' tee, designed by Paul Snowden. I was set to go.

When we arrived at the arena we immediately searched for the doors where we had to meet the woman who mailed me earlier, Sam. Around 8.17 PM my friend Sarah and I started to get a little worried. After all, Sam was a whole 2 minutes late! When she showed up she took us backstage to a small room where we had to wait a little while. She told us there would be a few other people as well and that they were all going to be there soon. After said people showed up, we did a litte bit of small talk and finally Katy Perry entered the room.

She looked, well, I can't really describe it. She reminded me of a doll: very pretty, a great figure and also tall which I didn't expect. We could go first, so I introduced myself as the intern of Designers Against AIDS. I showed her the DAA-book and told her Ninette said hi. Pictures were taken and somewhere along the process, Katy Perry said ‘Hey, nice eyeliner!'. Why thanks, your make-up isn't bad either! We said goodbye and when we left the room, Sarah and I were completely flabbergasted. We were escorted back and when we reached our seats, the show started.

I had never been to a concert before, so this was the first too and I can honestly say I had the full experience. The show was amazing and Katy Perry sang all the songs I wanted to hear. There were wigs, long dresses, cat-onesies, giant cakes and fireworks and she flew across the sky while holding on to balloons. She also said ‘Ik hou van jou' a couple of times after learning how to say it in Dutch ( 'I love you' in English) and it sounded like ‘eekawfeyaaw'. It was adorable!

I really want to thank Designers Against AIDS for this experience. It was amazing and I will never forget it. That's another item I can tick off from my bucket list!

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