A beauty queen from Thailand has gone viral after a photo of her kissing her mother’s feet circulated the internet. Kanittha “Mint” Pasaeng, the woman hailed as the Miss Uncensored News Thailand 2015, became a trending topic after netizens recognized her photo kneeling down and kissing the feet of her mother next to trash bins. Social media users who saw the photo were deeply moved by her humility and gratitude towards her parents. According to the beauty queen, kneeling before her mom is an act of gratitude for her capability of raising her by only collecting 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”.
Despite the good image that Mint harbored because of this heart-warming photo, her reputation quickly went downhill when the truth about her past was discovered by her followers.
It turns out that the former beauty queen lied about the history of her education. According to reports, she claimed that she graduated high school in order to enter the pageant. The minimum requirement for Thais under the country’s educational system is to finish up to Matthayom 6. However, Mint was only able to finish up to Matthayom 3. Because she wasn’t able to finish her studies, she feared that if the judges knew about it, she would not be qualified to join the pageant.
Mint apologized to the media saying “I actually left school at Matthayom 2 and got a non-formal education to finish Matthayom 3. I did not intend to deceive anyone, but I was afraid I would not be able to enter this contest”.
Despite this, the beauty queen was still able to keep her title and the cash prize she received when she won the competition.
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