Well, it wasn't too hard to find her, at least the person in the photos, based on my posts below. to be sure, i've only identified 100% the woman in one of the photos, but it all seems to match they that are all of her. she's an 18 year old high school senior. but she must be getting help considering the international component of it all.
the question is - how big of a deal is this? just a graduate student project, some ad campaign? what is it?
ETA 3/26 8:38am PDT: The person I linked to was a photo on a facebook page for "Elizabeth Raine" which may not have been legitimate, i.e., is not the same person at the "elizabeth raine" in the lingerie photos.
ETA 4/28 5:43 PDT: "Elizabeth" has now posted pictures of her face, and via the huffingtonpost.
ETA 5/1 5:51 PDT: While this thread documents the history of the auction, we still do not, as of this point, know Liz's real name. We are presuming it will come out based on her recent public comments. To read about every virginity auction since 2004, see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_auction
Med School Student Elizabeth Raine 'Auctioning' Her Virginity The Huffington Post | by David Moye
Elizabeth Raine, who claims to be a 27-year-old med school student, is allegedly auctioning off her virginity online.
A 27-year-old medical student may have the prescription for instant Internet notoriety by auctioning her virginity.
The woman is using the name "Elizabeth Raine," and claims to be a student at one of America's top medical schools.
Raine hopes to net at least $400,000 from the bidding and is using an Australian agent to avoid breaking U.S. prostitution laws.
On her website,Raine also says she's 5 feet 10 inches, 130 pounds, with measurements of 34A-26-36. Her photo shows a head of blond hair, but with a gold banner covering part of her face, it's impossible to verify that her eyes are green as she claims.
The auction commences, dubiously enough, on April Fools' Day. Siobhanne Sweeney, Raine's Australian-based publicist, insists that is an unintended coincidence.
"The date was picked based on the fact it is the first day of the month and we didn't even think about April Fools' as it is not something big here in Australia," she told HuffPost by email. "It was also based around Liz's med school exams and to make sure we had gained enough interest for it to be a successful auction." [Why do these things always have some "mistakes"?]
Financial gain tops Raine's list of eclectic reasons for selling her alleged purity.
“Money is my motivation, but by no means do I need the money. I’m pretty safe and secure financially,” she told EliteDaily.com.
Adventure, eroticism, scandal and challenging norms about virginity also rank on her list. [This smacks of grad student thesis already.]
“Many women are raised believing that they should hold on to their virginity and that it’s something that’s important for their marriage, for their relationship. It is a measure of how good they are as a person," she told the website. "I never believed that and I never even intentionally tried to stay a virgin. It just really happened this way.” elizabeth raine
There's no word on the date the auction will end, but Raine promises the winning bidder a "sensual 12-hour date" that will transform her "from virgin to literal whore."
Love is not part of the deal, the New York Daily News reports.
She plans to donate 35 percent of her virginity earnings to a charity that brings education to women in developing countries, according to the Metro.
Raine is the latest woman to allegedly attempt to auction off her virginity online. If history repeats itself, the odds are against any deal actually happening.
In 2008, 22-year-old college student Natalie Dylan supposedly attempted to sell her first sex experience with the help of a brothel owner in Nevada, where prostitution is legal.
The deal went south when the auction winner said his wife wouldn't let him reap the prize. [Ah, no in fact, the whole Dylan thing was a ruse.]
In 2012, Catarina Migliorini of Brazil participated in a virgin auction as part of a proposed documentary series called Virgins Wanted.
Though she reportedly received a $780,000 bid from a Japanese millionaire, she rejected it because she had misgivings about his true identity.
In 2013, Migliorini staged an auction herself, but decided to find love through a proposed reality series, "There's Something About Catarina."
Also in 2013, Brazilian teenager Rebecca Bernardo put her virginity on the online auction block to help pay her mom's medical expenses. It is unknown whether any deal was actually consummated.
In November, a Russian teenager who listed her name only as "Shatuniha," allegedly received around $27,000 from an excited bidder.
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2014 6:48:55 GMT -5 by Milowent
Pretty blonde student 'Elizabeth Raine' poses in lingerie to sell her virginity to highest online bidder
Mar 19, 2014 21:35 By Brian Hancill
The slim blonde, who calls herself Elizabeth Raine, hopes to make at least £250,000 from a wealthy suitor
A pretty medical student is auctioning her virginity to the highest bidder online.
The slim blonde, who calls herself Elizabeth Raine, hopes to make at least £250,000 from a wealthy suitor but warns that "love is not part of the arrangement".
She says she has never had any form of sex, seen a naked man in the flesh or let one see her nude.
Elizabeth, 27, wants to make the "sharp transition from virgin to literal whore" in a global auction starting on April 1. The prize is a 12-hour date which will include her first sexual experience. [Literal whore? Was the use of "literal" necessary? These are the kinds of questions that prevent us from getting actual work done in this world.]
"I cannot imagine losing my virginity in any other way," [REALLY?] she says, also revealing that her friends and family know of her "scandalous" auction and are supportive.
She has posed in sexy lingerie to promote her blog, called Musings of a Virgin Whore, but is not showing her face to keep her real identity hidden.
She admits that money is her main motivation but says that she is far from short of cash and will donate 35% of her proceeds to a charity that helps educate women in developing countries.
"The potential sums involved are too large to be dismissed," she says, stressing that: "Love is not a part of this arrangement. It is only of a sexual and financial nature."
Introducing herself online, she invites bidders to join her on "this unique, exhilarating, challenging, sexy, and hopefully lucrative adventure."
She says: "I am a sensually stunning, highly educated and charismatic American woman who has placed a 12-hour date with me atop the auction block.
"And did I mention I'm a virgin? Yes, that's right; I have made the bold (but not thoughtless) decision to auction off my virginity. I hope you are intrigued!
"My identity will be kept a secret from all but the final bidder. I think you will discover I am a unique, captivating, and truly remarkable young lady, virginity aside.
"I am not under the slightest bit of financial pressure and instead view this to be a practical financial opportunity."
She adds: "At the ripe age of 27, virginity fits me like a glove. It is unexpected and unconventional, yet exhilarating and empowering. Now, having made the decision to sell my virginity, I cannot imagine losing it in any other way.
"I do not believe it is a sacred gift that should be reserved for the man I love, nor is it a testament to my honour or virtue."
She says she went to excellent private schools and is now a medical student at a leading US university.
One reason she is a virgin is that she is "slightly frightened" of committing to relationships with men, she admits.
Asked in an interview what kind of man she hopes will take her virginity, she said: "The most money is mainly what I'm looking for."
Because selling sex is largely [not "literally"? I guess this "largely" is a reference to excluding Nevada?] illegal in the USA, she has hired an agent based in Sydney, Australia, "where very relaxed prostitution laws will permit this exchange".
She concludes: "I also will be paying taxes due on this income. In fact, I am quite happy to." [OBAMA LOVER!]
At least eight women around the world have auctioned off their virginity on the internet [though perhaps none ever proven successful?], including Brazilian model Catarina Migliorini, who at 21 accepted a winning bid of £500,000 from a Japanese man – then later claimed he never paid her and the sex never happened. She promptly started the auction again.
Elizbeth-Raine.com was registered back on July 18, 2013. Using our old friend (used for lonelygirl15.com) domainsbyproxy. The blog connected to the site musingsofavirginwhore.com/ was registered February 11, 2014.
Domain Name: ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM Registry Domain ID: 1815895546_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: www.godaddy.com Update Date: 2013-07-18 02:49:25 Creation Date: 2013-07-18 02:49:25 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-07-18 02:49:25 Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC Registrar IANA ID: 146 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.480-624-2505 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited Registry Registrant ID: Registrant Name: Registration Private Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Registrant City: Scottsdale Registrant State/Province: Arizona Registrant Postal Code: 85260 Registrant Country: United States Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599 Registrant Phone Ext: Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598 Registrant Fax Ext: Registrant Email: ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM@domainsbyproxy.com Registry Admin ID: Admin Name: Registration Private Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Admin Street: DomainsByProxy.com Admin Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Admin City: Scottsdale Admin State/Province: Arizona Admin Postal Code: 85260 Admin Country: United States Admin Phone: +1.4806242599 Admin Phone Ext: Admin Fax: +1.4806242598 Admin Fax Ext: Admin Email: ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM@domainsbyproxy.com Registry Tech ID: Tech Name: Registration Private Tech Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC Tech Street: DomainsByProxy.com Tech Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309 Tech City: Scottsdale Tech State/Province: Arizona Tech Postal Code: 85260 Tech Country: United States Tech Phone: +1.4806242599 Tech Phone Ext: Tech Fax: +1.4806242598 Tech Fax Ext: Tech Email: ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM@domainsbyproxy.com Name Server: NS1.ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM Name Server: NS2.ELIZABETH-RAINE.COM DNSSEC: unsigned URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: wdprs.internic.net/ Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-3-22T12:00:00Z
This may be one of the first articles about the auction? From March 19 at the dailydot. I like that the author forced her to send a picture with a note on it proving she was real. He reveals a few minor thoughts about her origin: she sounds "as she does in her blog posts: polite yet somewhat clinical, speaking in clipped, vaguely mid-Atlantic tones (which makes sense, according to her website: She claims to be an expat who spent her early childhood abroad)."
This 27-year-old medical student is auctioning off her virginity online 2.9k Shares
By EJ Dickson on March 19, 2014
When you talk to most people about losing their virginity, they usually discuss it the same way they would getting their teeth cleaned, or doing laundry: It was something they felt they had to do because it was time to do it, not because they expected it to be fun and pleasurable.
Elizabeth Raine has never had sex before, but she wants to get something concrete out of it when she finally does. That’s why, starting April 1, the 27-year-old medical student will be auctioning off her virginity online for money.
“My virginity has absolutely no meaning to me,” Raine told me flatly when I spoke with her earlier this week. “And it never has. So I see absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t sell it.”
A medical student at an unspecified university in the United States (when I spoke to her, she wouldn’t even reveal what year of study she was in), Raine is trying to keep her identity anonymous, for fear of compromising her future career in medicine. Yet on her website, elizabeth-raine.com, and her blog, Musings of a Virgin Whore, she writes at length about her desire to make hundreds of thousands of dollars—or maybe even millions—selling her virginity online.
“At the ripe age of 27, virginity fits me like a glove,” Raine writes in her About Me section on her blog. “It is unexpected and unconventional, yet exhilarating and empowering. Now, having made the decision to sell my virginity, I cannot imagine losing it in any other way.”
Raine is not the first person to auction off her virginity. In 2009, 22-year-old Natalie Dylan made headlines for selling her virginity for a whopping $3.9 million at Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch, and 21-year-old Brazilian model Catarina Migliorini was offered more than $700,000 from a Japanese businessman when she auctioned hers off in 2012 as part of a documentary, Virgins Wanted.
Yet while both of these auctions ultimately fell through, with Dylan claiming the original bidder had pulled out and Migliorini citing a contractual dispute with the documentary’s director, Raine is positive she’ll go through with hers.
“The difference between my auction and Natalie Dylan’s or the most recent one in Brazil is I’m not interested in publicity,” she told me (I refrained from reminding her she was talking to a reporter). “There was a huge amount of publicity around [Natalie Dylan’s] auction, and I think she decided not to go through with it because she got what she wanted out of that. The purpose of this is to achieve the highest bid possible.” [This shows she is well aware of what happened with Dylan, and it trying to disregard the evidence that that was a stunt.]
I first found out about Raine when the Daily Dot received her self-authored press release publicizing her auction. Struck by the sheer novelty of receiving a press release for someone’s virginity, I visited her website, which featured various images of Raine, a lissome blonde in black lingerie and a skintight red cocktail dress. The photos were accompanied by a lengthy self-description, with Raine describing herself as a “sensually stunning, highly educated, and charismatic American woman.” Her website and blog posts had the florid yet oddly stilted style of a high school senior filling out the essay portion of the SATs.
Unsure if Raine was actually who she claimed—one rarely meets many sensually stunning, highly educated, and charismatic 27-year-old women selling their virginities these days—I reached out to her asking for confirmation of her identity. I received the following image an hour later:
(reduced resolution copy - original in article is high resolution photo.)
Elizabeth Raine, it seemed, was real—but why was she selling her virginity? According to Raine, the idea stemmed from an article she read about Dylan. “I’d gotten to this point where I happened to still be a virgin, and there was no reason that made me feel like I needed to hold onto it,” she says. While reading the article, “my eyes were immediately drawn to the huge amount of money that she was offered. And because I don’t have an emotional attachment to my virginity, I thought selling it was a good option.”
For the past year [why spend so much time, really?], Raine has been laying the groundwork for her auction, contacting escort agencies in various countries and doing research on sex work. Because prostitution is illegal in the United States, she’s operating the auction out of Australia, hiring an agent and a publicist to help do her marketing and assist with the bidding (an email to her publicist went unreturned: “They want to stay in the background,” Raine says [Yes, publicists generally dislike publicity]). The winner will receive 12 hours with Raine in a hotel.
Prior to deciding to auction off her virginity, Raine had dated a few men, although none of the relationships had lasted very long (she insists that she is a virgin according to both the technical and Clinton definitions, stating on her blog that she has never taken her pants off in the presence of a man, nor have they taken their pants off in front of her). “I never wanted to be distracted by boys, who honestly in my age range are not the best people to be spending time with,” she says. The fact that she’s still a virgin at the age of 27 is “a testament to my relationships that matter and my passions,” such as her burgeoning career in medicine (she’s deciding between a career in oncology and obstetrics).
I ask Raine if she’s considered the possibility that she won’t be attracted to the man she has sex with, or that sex with him won’t be pleasurable. “Oh, definitely. I think that’s actually more likely than not,” she says. “But I’m not doing this to meet someone I’m attracted to. If I wanted that, I’d go to a bar and pick up a guy. I’m doing this for the money.”
In conversation, Raine comes off exactly as she does in her blog posts: polite yet somewhat clinical, speaking in clipped, vaguely mid-Atlantic tones (which makes sense, according to her website: She claims to be an expat who spent her early childhood abroad). It’s a bit like speaking to a particularly eloquent customer service representative.
It’s this impersonality that makes it so jarring to hear Raine talk about her primary reason for doing the auction, which she brings up repeatedly: the money. She says she hopes to make upwards of $400,000 in the auction, and she mentions that her decision to hold the auction in Australia where sex work is decriminalized, rather than in a brothel in Nevada as Dylan did, is because she “didn’t want to give up 50 percent” of her earnings.
“I’ll give 35 percent of it away to charity because I feel this is a very lucky opportunity. I don’t deserve the money, and I don’t need the money,” she says. [Then why do it? Sorry, the motivation just doesn't make sense.]
“Do you have any other pressing need for the money, like paying off student loans or something?” I ask.
“I don’t think you really need to have a pressing need for doing something for money,” she says. “Money is money.”
Given the cultural significance our society attaches to virginity, as well as the stigma attached to sex work, to hear Raine discuss losing her virginity solely for money over and over again is somewhat unnerving, even for someone like me, who regularly interviews sex workers.
But then again, most sex workers don’t make nearly as much as Raine likely will in her auction, or as much as other virgins have in past auctions. Despite how far our society has come in terms of its acceptance of female sexuality, the ideal of female purity still looms large in the public imagination, however oppressive or anti-feminist it might be: Clearly, many men still fetishize the idea of deflowering a young, beautiful virgin, otherwise virginity auctions like Raine’s simply wouldn’t exist.
Catarina Migliorini, the 21-year-old Brazilian model who attempted to auction off her virginity for $700,000 last year, doesn’t think the public fascination with virginity and virginity auctions reflects an unhealthy obsession with female purity.
“There are men who value the hymen of women to such an extent of wanting to marry only a virgin. There are men who are capable of loving a woman regardless of their previous sexual relations,” says Migliorini, who is currently shopping a reality TV competition where “20 men of different nationalities confined in a comfortable home for 45 days” battle for a cash prize and her virginity. [OH MY LORD.] “I think one should not generalize.”
Raine, on the other hand, who self-identifies as a feminist, is slightly more introspective when it comes to the question of whether virginity auctions perpetuates an outdated and oppressive model of female sexuality. “It’s a very tricky question. But I think no matter which way you look at it, I’m not really enforcing the status quo here,” she says. “My virginity is not being used to oppress me. I don’t have to sell it. No man can force me. It is my choice, and I definitely feel empowered by this experience.”
Ultimately, Raine is far less concerned over what feminists and the media think of her than whether her colleagues in medical school will find out about the auction. Although she’s told a handful of close family and friends, most of whom have been supportive, she hasn’t told anyone in the medical school community, out of fear that it would threaten her future career as a physician or even get her kicked out of school.
I ask Raine in the event that she’s exposed, whether she’ll choose to stay in medical school or continue the auction. She hesitates for a bit, the first time I’ve heard her do so during our conversation.
“I’d probably shut down the auction,” she says. “But I can’t say that with certainty because I sincerely believe I should be allowed to do this. Selling my virginity doesn’t change my qualifications or affect my ability to provide care to my patients... and if someone approached me and told me not to, I would defend myself. I would say ‘I respect your opinion, but ultimately I have to do what I think is right for me.'”
This is her official twitter. She first tweeted on February 19, 2014. The basic story is she did many tweets on Feb 21 and 24 seeking press coverage which went nowhere. First press story was March 17.
1st tweet: @liz_Raine I am delighted my virginity has caught your attention! It is rare & always a point of fascination, but I have not once grown tired of this x 4:53 AM - 19 Feb 2014
first link she posted was to her blog on Feb 21. She tweets links to both sites on Feb 21.
Please check out my blog musingsofavirginwhore.com . This is a true and intimate story of my modern-day virginity auction. 2:18 AM - 21 Feb 2014
On Feb 21, she also mass tweeted to various news sites, .e.g, "would love 2 discuss my decision to [HASH]auction off my [HASH]virginity with you. I've been talking to a number of media contacts @playboy"
@theworldnews (5,533 followers) wasn't interested on Feb 21:
@liz_Raine Your story is not original, interesting or a good idea. Go be amazing. This is not amazing. 1:42 PM - 21 Feb 2014
On Feb 24 she kept tweeting news people trying to publicize herself. After a number of tweets that day, she did not tweet again until March 17, she she reported that someone had picked up her story.
she left the images directory unprotected on her site. All the images, including those of her in lingerie, were uploaded on December 2, 2013. The only recently uploaded image was a twitter icon on March 20. A lot of work has gone into this project.
it appears that she was orginally 1st runner up for Miss Dallas Teen 2013, awarded in November. When the winner was crowed Miss Texas Teen, she was elevated to Miss Dallas Teen. This elevation happened on December 14, after the lingerie pictures were taken and the whole website plan was in motion.
She also won "Swimsuit Specialty Award Winner - Teen: Corinn xxx"
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