A teenager from a children's home in a poverty-stricken region of Thailand made an astonishing decision to turn down an offer from reality TV star Kim Kardashian to adopt her into a life of wealth and glamour overseas.
The level-headed 13-year-old called Pink said she shook with excitement when she heard the multi-millionaire wanted to adopt her, but insisted she wanted to study in Thailand instead then help her impoverished homeland and the orphans she has grown up with.
The girl with a sunny smile stole Kim's heart when she visited the ramshackle children's home in Thailand's Phang Nga province, a region where more than 4,000 people perished in the 2004 tsunami.
Pink, an outstanding scholar whose mother sent her to the home because she was too poor to care for her and fund her education, immediately bonded with Kim and gave her a bracelet in a visit in April filmed for her hit show Keeping Up with The Kardashians.
But after being told the reality TV star wanted to adopt her, Pink said: 'Everyone wants to have a different or a better life, I suppose. But when I thought about it I realised it wouldn't be good for me, because I would have to leave so much behind. I wasn't ready for that.'
After the visit, Kim declared on camera: 'When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can't help but think like how you could change their life. And I think that looking into adoption would be amazing.
'I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told (husband) Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.'
She then appeared to abandon the idea after being chided by her mother for treating adoption like a shopping trip and then told by her resort manager that adopting children from Thailand is 'very, very difficult'.
But Mail Online found that Pink was taken aside and told by the home's supervisors about Kim's adoption wish in the show which went out in August and, although delighted at the offer, immediately said a polite but firm 'no'.
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That, my friends, is a young woman worthy of respect and admiration.
Indeed, young Ms. Pink embodies the outcome that feminists claim to want, and yet they support policies that lead to... well, among other things, more Kim Kardashians, more young women who seek shallow celebrity and fame and whore themselves out and make public spectacles of themselves.
Also, what is it about celebrities who seem to think that adopting a child from a Third World country somehow makes them better people?
I will readily admit that some celebrities do it right- they bring up those children with a firm yet loving hand, to be good and decent human beings. Angelina Jolie, as far as I can tell, is one of them; her Cambodian son, her Ethiopian daughter, and her Vietnamese son all appear to be growing up as normally as can possibly be expected with children who grow up in the fishbowl of 24/7 media scrutiny.
And yet... I can't help but feel that an adopted child from a Third World nation is now a sign of status, sort of like buying a desirable accessory.
I could be completely off base- the Puffington Host pointed out that one or two data points does NOT a trend make.
But... we've seen a long list of celebrity women, from the aforementioned (and still jaw-droppingly beautiful) Ms. Jolie, to one Charlize Theron, to Madonna, to Katherine Heigl, and several more, going to places like Nigeria, Ethiopia, Thailand, Cambodia, and China, to adopt children from those nations.
Is there really very much justification, beyond the obvious emotional ones, to take a young child from his or her native land, transplant that child to a completely foreign one, and raise the same child in values that may well be utterly alien to it?
Sure, there is the obvious one- to give a young child a chance at a decent life in a civilised, wealthy country. But if that is the core justification, then should it not be extended to ALL such children? Should these celebrities not be trying to do their level best to bring every poor child from Mexico and the Middle East and Africa and China over to America?
Once we put it in terms that stark, of course, we quickly realise the absurdity of such an idea. No sane nation would ever allow this- well, no sane nation outside of Europe, which is has long since lost any semblance of sanity when it comes to immigration policy.
Ultimately, the lessons to be learned here concern self-reliance, independence, and the good that comes from refusing the easy temptations of celebrity culture. These are lessons that I wish more parents would teach their children- avoid the easy way, put in the work, do right by your people, and build a life worth living.