LIFE

Bullied Woman Turns Trash From Her Neighborhood Into Beautiful Clothing

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

A true artist finds beauty and inspiration all around them — often in places or things other people pass over or do not notice.

Suchanatda Kaewsa-nga (also known as Kiki) is a true artist. This brilliant artist from a poor family in Korat, Thailand, is a self-taught clothing designer and photographer. Her stunning creations are made from natural materials as well items she finds in the trash such as palm leaves, fishnets, bamboo, grass, hessian, and rubbish. She uses her teenage cousins and their friends as models.

Kaewsa-nga’s life has not been easy. She is transgender and faces bullying from her family and her community. But she doesn’t let their judgment hold her back. She hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams and believe in themselves no matter who they are or where they live.

Filmmaker Keow Wee Loong and his friends, photographer Mackidd Khor and videographer Delon Ng, discovered Kaewsa-nga rummaging for materials near a street food stall while they were traveling in Korat.

Watch this video and you will truly be inspired. Listen to Kaewsa-nga’s story in her own words and see her extraordinary work for yourself. Her designs are stunning and belong on a runway in Paris or New York, and her photography on the pages of Vogue.

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