When 23-year-old Rita Mattos began her job as a street sweeper in Rio last year, she had no idea that a job of cleaning streets and unblocking drains will make her an overnight internet sensation. So much so that she is now considering swapping her career to become aprofessional model.
After photos of her cleaning the streets, on the beach in a bikini and regular off-duty photos began circulating on WhatsApp, Rita was swamped with love notes and many offers of dates. The 23-year-old curvy cleaner, as a result, was dubbed as the ‘Sweeper Babe’ .
She, however, wasn’t initially very happy with the publicity she was getting, as she believed that people were sort of discriminating against her ‘less beautiful colleagues.’
She told Brazil’s Extra newspaper: “People are surprised when they see a pretty girl working as a street cleaner. They say that I could find a better job than sweeping and weeding.”
“But why should street cleaners, necessarily, be ugly? There is a prejudice against them.”
“I’m very proud of what I do. Apart from working very hard, I have a lot of fun too.”
But Rita, who earns £400-a-month, soon realized that her new-found fame isn’t a joke and is now positive that she can use this attention to actually pursue her dream career of modeling.
She also has an agent in place and is up for taking any kind of modeling jobs—including posing nude. “I’m here for any opportunities that might arise, it will depend on the offer,” she said. Rita, however, insists that she wants to keep her day job as it lets her body stay in shape.
Damn right, girl!