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Victoria James, Bikini Teacher, Basks In Newfound Fame (PHOTOS)

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Olivia Sprauer, aka Victoria James, in South Beach at the Palms Resort in Florida | Victoria James

Getting thrown out of school might've been the best thing that ever happened to her.

Two weeks ago, Olivia Sprauer was a freshman English teacher at Florida's Martin County High School. Now she's being courted by lingerie companies, trade shows and Hustler magazine.

It all started when Sprauer, who models under the name Victoria James, was forced to resign after the principal obtained one of the 26-year-old's bikini photos.

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Sprauer told The Huffington Post on Monday that parents and students upset over her resignation sent in anonymous complaints to local media.

The story went viral after it was picked up by HuffPost and other outlets. Now, Sprauer is busy trying to cash in on her newfound notoriety.

"It blows my mind," Sprauer told HuffPost. "No way did I think the story would be as big as it was. Someone sent me a story about me in Greek. It's bizarre."

Sprauer has also gotten words of encouragement from some of her former students via her social media accounts.

"They are happy and excited for me," Sprauer said.

The Florida resident said she's upped her hourly rate for modeling gigs and has been hit with a slew of job opportunities, including the aforementioned Hustler magazine offer, which she said she plans to respectfully decline.

"I don't do spread-eagle shots for the camera, so I don't think Hustler is going to work out," she said.

But Sprauer also said she has started doing more nude work since she left her teaching job and she'd like to do a shoot with Playboy. She's also set to launch a new website, MissVictoriaJames.com, in the next week.

The extra attention hasn't been all good for the English major turned viral star.

"Unfortunately, I have been contacted by some shady people I've worked with who are trying to make a name for themselves by attempting to malign my reputation," Sprauer said, declining to be more specific.

But, "for the most part," Sprauer said, her time in the spotlight has been a positive experience.

"It's not like I'm not enjoying it," she said. "I'm just trying to handle it all."

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