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Catarina, a Virgin for Auction

Microcelebrity Around the Globe

ISBN: 978-1-78756-750-4, eISBN: 978-1-78756-749-8

Publication date: 19 November 2018


Mercado Livre, a site for e-commerce and online auctions, is popular in Brazil. Given the accessibility of user-friendly technology, any person can open an auction on the internet to trade items such as cars, mobile phones, and domestic electrical appliances. In 2012, a media mobilization was sparked after the online auction of Brazilian Catarina Migliorini’s virginity. Described by the Brazilian media as one of the events of the year, the auction was promoted by Justin Sisely, an Australian filmmaker who designed the project Virgins Wanted. Tracing media reports, this chapter focuses on Migliorini’s savvy attention literacies, upon which she capitalized upon the situation to obtain her celebrity. Seizing the opportunity given by a watchful internet audience, she established herself as an iconic personality through press coverage and the curation of online profiles, and became a microcelebrity.




A previous version of this article was published in Portuguese in Comunicação, Mídia e Consumo, vol. 10, n. 28, p. 13–30 May/August 2013, in Brazil, available on The author would like to thank the journal editorial board for the authorization to publish the English translation in this book.


Lana, L. (2018), "Catarina, a Virgin for Auction", Abidin, C. and Brown, M.L. (Ed.) Microcelebrity Around the Globe, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 107-117.



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