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This Street Sweeper Became An Internet Sensation After Her Photos Went Viral

Brazil's Rita Mattos has become a viral sensation in her country.

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This is Rita Mattos of Brazil.

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Mattos recently became a viral sensation in her country because of her job.

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The 24-year-old works as a street cleaner for Municipal Urban Cleaning Company in Rio de Janeiro.

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Recently, photos of Mattos in her work uniform began to circulate on WhatsApp and other social media networks. She soon became a bit of a social media star, gaining over 12,000 fans on Instagram.

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But her new fame came with some downsides. Some of her new fans commented that Mattos was too attractive to have a job as a cleaner.

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Mattos, though, had a great response. She told BuzzFeed News that those who are shocked to see her working as a cleaner should realize it is a respectable job.

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"People think that by being street sweeper we have to be ugly," she said. "They think I'm too pretty for this job, but I did not think anything of it."

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She added that she is not ashamed of her job. "It's just a worthy job like any other," she said.

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Since her photos went viral, Mattos said she gets hundreds of messages a day. "There are people who try to call me through Facebook. Some I answer. I just don't share my WhatsApp number, or things would become crazy," she said.

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At first, Mattos said her fame made her nervous, but she has decided to embrace it. She has set up a fan page and is hoping for modeling opportunities.

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Despite her new fame, she said has no plans to quit street cleaning. “My colleagues are supporting me a lot and I do not think about leaving my job now,” she said.

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Mattos said in the future, she hopes to attend college to study business administration.

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In the meantime, she is using her new platform to show thousands the good work that street cleaners do every day.

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Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

Alexandre Orrico é redator do BuzzFeed, em São Paulo.

Contact Alexandre Orrico at alexandre.orrico@buzzfeed.com.

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