Page 3 Profile: Catalina Migliorini, Student
Friday 26 October 2012
If I wanted this kind of Page 3, I'd buy 'The Sun'
Hold on! This is a serious matter, we promise. Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian student, has sadly sold her virginity in an online auction. It's part of a documentary project by Australian filmmaker Jason Sisely, who caused outrage in Melbourne by putting up posters saying "Virgins Wanted". After 15 bids, Ms Migliorini eventually "sold" for £485,000, and will be "delivered" to Australia to meet her buyer, a Japanese man named as Natsu. Thankfully, the act will not be filmed, but the entire process has attracted considerable international attention.
How do her family feel?
"She was speaking to her family in Brazil online and they were extremely happy for her," Mr Sisely said. Ms Migliorini said: "I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it. If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer."
Can any good come of this?
The money she raised will go towards building homes for poverty-stricken families. Ms Migliorini must provide an affidavit from a gynaecologist that certifies her virginity, and there are endless stipulations as to what can and can't take place. Thankfully, one of the rules states a condom must be worn.
It all seems terribly sexist.
Alexander Stepanov, Ms Migliorini's male counterpart, was "purchased" by a Brazilian woman called Nene B for the comparatively paltry figure of £1,860. The stark contrast between the winning bids does reflect rather badly on men, but then Mr Stepanov's sexual purity is rather harder to prove. Certainly he didn't advertise himself nearly as well. On the Virgins Wanted Facebook page, Ms Migliorini does her best Katie Price impression, while Mr Stepanov poses awkwardly in a judo kit.
Is this some sort of hoax?
We can't be sure, but Mr Sisely insisted: "I have sponsors who've invested lots of money in this project and wouldn't have if it was just a hoax."
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