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.
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 Asian`s the highest form of respect is to kneel, no matter what the situation.
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.`
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 can an ordinary girl like me be a beauty queen.
`All I have accomplished today is because of my mother`s hard work.`
The 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.
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.