Chrissie Chau Sau-na may be earning millions today as a model and endorser, but she knows how it feels to have nothing but loose change in her pockets.
In an interview with the People's Alliance for Minimum Wage which has been uploaded to YouTube, Chau says she supports the labor group's demands for a minimum wage of HK$33 an hour.
The 25-year-old, who moved with her family from Chaozhou to Hong Kong when she was 10, says she earned HK$16 an hour in a fast-food restaurant when she was 15.
"I remember I later got a salary rise of a few cents - I had no choice but to accept it."
She also shares memories of her father's failed business venture and of her work as a shop assistant in Causeway Bay earning HK$3,000 a month.
"During the time, I only spent HK$20 for each meal. Frankly, it was very hard to save money to support my family."
Chau says many businesses object to the HK$33 minimum wage by citing high rents.
"But it's unfair to workers," she adds. "It's only worsening the disparity between the rich and the poor."