Search

Why is this Thai beauty queen kneeling before a rubbish collecting woman?

06:31 PM | 29 Oct, 2015
Why is this Thai beauty queen kneeling before a rubbish collecting woman?
BANGKOK (Web Desk) - A heart-warming picture has emerged online showing a young beauty queen returning to her hometown in Thailand to say thank you in the most modest way to the woman who raised her.

Wearing her glittering crown, silk sash and heels, 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 for all she has done, reports The People's Daily Online.

t1

The touching moment has captured many people's hearts as Mint's mother who raised her alone, makes a living by collecting and recycling trash.

For many Asians the highest form of respect is to kneel, no matter what the situation.

And according to DramaFever News Mint never felt ashamed: “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.”

t3

She maintains and optimistic outlook on life, continuing to help her family by working on many menial jobs, and assisting her mother when collecting and recycling rubbish.

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

“When the referee announced the winner it felt like a dream. I thought how an ordinary girl like me can be a beauty queen.

“All I have accomplished today is because of my mother's hard work.”

Miss Uncensored News Thailand 2015 was held on September 25, it is open to both women and transgenders.

t5The family grew up in complete poverty, so much so they could not afford to send the beauty queen to college after she graduated from high school.

 

The 17-year-old beauty queen had already become the talk of the town after it was reported that she helps her mother collect garbage for a living, and that she once earned money as a second-tier dancer for musicians. She was on stage only during show intervals while the main dancers, the band and the singers were taking a break.

Mint also sells second-hand clothes for a living. The once unknown beauty contestant has now achieved a level of fame because of her life among the garbage, but says she is not shy about it.

According to the Bangkok Post Mint's mother separated from her father when she was young, but she has since remarried.

After the win Mint has gained advertising, film and television work which she hopes will improve the situation at home. But, she said: “The family will continue to be scavengers. My mother will still go and sort garbage and is not willing to let me help.”

It is unclear where in Thailand her family home is, but Mint's story has been widely praised and circulated across the country.

The People's Daily Online reports that many people from impoverished backgrounds are saying she is not only beautiful but strong and dutiful, as she continues to help her mother sort rubbish.

The writer is a member of the staff.

Advertisement

Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

Advertisement

Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter