In a world of Ambers, be a Camille

‘Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.’ — Margaret Thatcher

Sissi Malva de Moura
3 min readJun 8, 2022


Photo by Andrey Zvyagintsev on Unsplash

The trial of the year (so far…) has raised a lot of questions and (re) ignited a heated debate about domestic abuse and gender issues.

It also made a few people famous- with the most front and centre figure being one of Mr Depp’s legal team members, Ms Camille Vasquez, who took amber Heard to church and wiped the floor with the Aquaman starlet without ever losing composure.

And how she did it is food for thought about female behaviour.

I personally feel that Amber Heard embodies some of the traits that in recent years, have been associated with the image of an outspoken, liberated, “fierce” and “empowered” woman (despite the contradiction of Amber, like a few other notorious self-proclaimed or by proxy feminists, owing most of her fame to a man).

Loud, aggressive, haughty, defiant, proudly promiscuous (note that what a woman does or doesn’t do between sheets is none of my business, but the persona each one cultivates in public speaks volumes), self-centred, brash, greedy, ready to give (literally) the middle finger to anyone who crosses her and to spew word salad at every occasion.

This overly aggressive archetype of sorts has been everywhere in the past few years, and is frankly tiring- as if women, to get their point across, have to live in a permanent bellicose state.

And I dare to say that this whole scenario, not just Ms Heard herself, is the reason why Ms Vasquez became such an overnight sensation (side remark: it was actually a very clever move on Mr Depp’s team to put Ms Vasquez against Ms Heard: no one can see right through a woman’s bulls*** as well as another woman).

Camille Vasquez is a breath of fresh air because, like many truly powerful ladies before her, she reminds us that women don’t need to be walking talking pamphlets, be shouty…