Brazil is known for the bossa nova, soccer and now, it seems, online virginity auctions.
Rebecca Bernardo, 18, of Sapeacu, Brazil, is attempting to sell her virginity to the highest bidder in hopes of raising enough money to cover health care costs for her ailing mother, who recently had a stroke, Gawker reported.
It's a move that proves that imitation -- and fornication -- are the sincerest forms of flattery, since Bernardo is following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian Catarina Migliorini. Back in October, Migliorini allegedly sold the first rights to her vajayjay to a Japanese man named "Natsu" via an online auction that received worldwide attention.
Bernardo admitted being inspired by Migliorini's efforts, but only after attempting other forms of employment, which she said barely covered the costs of a caretaker for her mother.
"There comes a time when you have to make decisions to get what you want," Bernardo told CNN. "You have to be strong."
Bernardo made a YouTube video offering her services in November, but, so far, she has not had the results that Migliorini did.
Only 14,000 have viewed it and the highest bid has been around $35,000, The Daily Dot reported.
WATCH REBECCA BERNARDO OFFER HER VIRGINITY IN PORTUGUESE (Story continues below)
Bernardo claims she is trying to help pay her mother's medical expenses, but her motives may not be as pure as the driven snow.
A local TV station offered to cover Bernardo's mom's medical bills if she'd pull the plug on the virginity auction, but she refused, claiming she hopes to get enough money to relocate herself and her mother, BlissTree.com reported.
That might be a smart business decision. Although Migliorini has yet to go through with her devirginization -- which is being done as part of a documentary film by Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely -- she did manage to interest Playboy magazine's Brazilian edition in featuring her in a spread.
Bernardo's mom isn't happy with the decision, telling CNN, “She should look for work. She shouldn’t prostitute herself.”
More:Rebecca Bernardo Catarina Migliorini Uk Weird Second Virgin Auction Rebecca Bernardo Virgin Rebecca Bernardo Virgin Auction
The Morning Email helps you start your workday with everything you need to know: breaking news, entertainment and a dash of fun. Learn more