In the summer of 2011 a photographer by the name of Réhahn went traveling to Hoi An in Vietnam and met Bui Thi Xong, who was 74 at the time they met. Since then, she has become an iconic figure in Vietnam after posing for Réhahn.
This is their story.
The photograph that changed her life
At the time of the photo, she was a poor, shy hard-working woman who was afraid to show her face.
Réhahn chose her picture for the cover of his book because he thought it represented the joy of life even in the harshness of hardships
He promised Bui that is his book became a hit, he would come back and buy her a new boat.
Six months later, he bought her a new boat, and her business is now booming.