The Faces of Women of Vietnam

Phạm Phương Thảo

A Hanoian sapiophile who is passionate about crafts and publishing.

At the age of 21, I underwent a surgery and realized the impermanent of life. Since then, I've decided to live in the moment, of each moment and fight for everything I believe in.

I’m not a hardcore feminist. I won’t say women should be strong and fearless and develop skills to be unbreakable trenches. I believe we should be both “velvet and steel." We are velvet to expose our feminine side to our loved ones, to be vulnerable with beauty, to be gentle and empathize with others. But deep down, we are steel to leave and forfeit anything toxic to ourselves. We fight to get what we want for our happiness and for the greater good. These skills are rooted in our own nature. I believe Vietnamese women are more than capable of being so.