Thuy May by AnnieD

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Our lovely guide Thuy May! A self assured Red Dzao girl, Thuy May showed us many places in and around the Sapa area. As she is unmarried, she is allowed to have long hair and doesn’t have to shave her eyebrows. The scarf, rather than the billowy head-dress, indicates her unmarried (or ’I’m available’) status.

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  • Holly Cawfield
    Holly Cawfieldabout 6 years ago

    Wow….you’ve really caught her in the most beautiful, even lighting. The skin tones are so lovely. It’s a very engaging photograph Annie…the smile and the clothing just draw the viewer in. Very well done!!!

  • Thanks Holly. Thuy May is such a lovely person and I think that shows in the photo. She is proud of being Red Dzao and eager to share her local knowledge and customs. Her mother, in the previous photo, sold us some handiwork and was also a very lovely person with a great sense of humour!

    – AnnieD

  • nick board
    nick boardabout 6 years ago

    That’s terrific Annie, lovely smile
    I didn’t know about the headdress, you learn something every day.

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 6 years ago

    so lovely, fascinating about the hair and scarf relating to her status as a single woman, i love her skin tones…delightful xx

  • Saikat Babin Biswas
    Saikat Babin B...over 5 years ago

    I like the description here…adds so much into this seemingly simple candid portrait of Thuy May. Good work :)

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    She is a natural beauty.

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