Twenty-year-old Brazilian Catarina Migliorini is selling her virginity online in order to raise money for homeless families in her hometown of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil. So far, the highest bid is $190,000. The auction is set to close on October 15, and Migliorini and the winning bidder will have their intimate session 10 days later.
The story began two years ago, when the Brazilian student saw an ad for an Australian documentary entitled Virgins Wanted and decided to apply. She confessed that she initially signed up for the project on impulse after coming across the website, and with the full support of her family. When Australian director Justin Sisely chose her, she just couldn’t believe it. After all, she was an unknown 18-year-old girl from a small Brazilian village.
Now it seems she has learned to behave as a celebrity. Or should we say a celebrity wannabe?
“The winning bidder will be entitled to get at least an hour with me. More than that, it depends on the moment,” Migliorini said in a statement published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha. She specified that the buyer can’t act out fantasies or use sex toys. Her conditions include that he use a condom, and that the session include straight intercourse, nothing more. “We can talk. But kissing, no.” Doesn’t it remind you of Pretty Woman?
The young lady says she imagines the winner will be a man older than her, but she says she’s not creating expectations. She is sparking controversy, though. Most comments in social media accuse her of being a prostitute. “I am responsible for myself and my body. People who condemn me should worry about those who are hungry or in need of some support,” she strikes back. Furthermore, she reasons that many women lose their virginity in cheap ways. She certainly won’t.
So is this just a publicity stunt? A legitimate charitable pursuit? Or a larger commentary on the value we attach to virginity?
Watching her on the Virgins Wanted video, showing off for the camera in sexy poses, it seems more than anything that Migliorini is looking for fame. Her words speak for themselves: “I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it,” Migliorini said to the New York Daily News. And yes, she will donate a portion of the money she makes to help provide housing for poor families in Santa Catarina, but she hasn’t specified how much she will give away.
Filming of the documentary started a month ago in Bali, Indonesia. Sisely is recording Migliorini’s emotions before the experience and the preparations for the auction—her daily life, her calls to her mother, everything. It’s as if she was one of the Jersey Shore characters.
To the disappointment of the most lustful spectators, the sexual encounter will not be filmed, but Sisely and his camera will be the first ones to talk to her after the event.
The defloration will take place on board a flight from Australia to the U.S., in order to avoid any prostitution laws. According to Fox News Latino, Migliorini has previously submitted to a gynecological examination to prove that she is a virgin, and the “buyer” will be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases.
By the way, a male virgin is offering his virginity too. Alex Stepanov is a 23-year-old Russian man who is also being followed by the documentary film crew and shares the spotlight with Miglionari. The highest bid for Stepanov’s virginity so far is only $1,300. It seems that male virginity is not something valuable or newsworthy. I hope Stepanov doesn’t have plans to give the money to charity, because he probably will be disappointed at not being able to help humanity. Though perhaps he only wants to raise money for a leisure trip, or become more popular with women!