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Garbage Collector Turned Beauty Queen Keeps Her Crown Despite Lying About Going To School

Kanittha "Mint" Pasaeng won over the public after a photo of her kissing her mother's feet to say thank you went viral.

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"I started helping my mom collect garbage when I was in elementary school," she said. "Am I ashamed? No. I am proud. I grew up and got an education because my garbage-collecting mother raised me."

"I actually left school at Mathayom 2 and got a non-formal education to finish Mathayom 3. I did not intend to deceive anyone, but I was afraid I would not be able to enter the contest," she said.

Thankfully for Pasaeng, the committee of Miss Uncensored News Thailand said they would not be taking away her title.

The beauty contest committee supported her against criticism, saying in a statement: "The committee did not take away her crown or prize money. Please support Mint."

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

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