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17-year-old Khanittha ‘Mint’ Phasaeng, who won the title of Miss Uncensored News Thailand 2015 last month, knelt before her mother in front of filthy rubbish bins to thank her mother, who raised her alone with dedication, and hard work with the little money she made from collecting and recycling trash.

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Mint, who plans to continue her education as soon as she saves enough money, says what she has accomplished was due to her mother’s hard work and unwavering commitment over the years.

“What I have today is because of my mother. She and I make a living by doing honest work, so there is no reason why I should feel inferior.”

By chance, Mint was recommended to participate in a beauty contest in Thailand. She never imagined winning the competition because of her humble upbringing.

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Mint was raised in poverty. She stopped her education after high school because her mother, could not afford to send her daughter to college. But Mint says that she has never felt embarrassment or shame about her humble origins.

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Mint said, “I am very proud of it. Rubbish collection is an honest profession. I grew up having enough to eat, was able to finish high school because my rubbish-collecting mother supported me.”

The 17-year-old beauty queen said “although the few hundred baht her family earns from selling rubbish would seem like nothing to others, “every single baht that we earn is precious.”

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My respect goes to that young lady, not to the corrupted Thai officials who are labeling and classifying people according to their wealth. Walk with pride and honor. Amazing young lady. More blessings to you!.


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