The 17-year-old Thai returned to her hometown just for one reason – to see her mother. The pageant success Khanittha “Mint” Phasaeng won Miss Thailand 2015 and she got back in Amin, Thailand to thank her only parent. Mint kneels in front of her showing respect to the woman who raised her by collecting and recycling trash.
In her culture, the highest form of respect is kneeling in gratitude. She said that she’s never been ashamed of working with her mother in the garbage.
“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.
The family will continue to be scavengers. My mother will still go and sort garbage and is not willing to let me help.” – says Mint.