The Italian Almanac

Raffaella Fico

Virginity on Sale

An Italian showgirl is trying to sell her virginity for a million euros. ''I can't wait to see who's going to pull out the money to have me,'' the aspiring actress told a celeb magazine. ''I don't know what it's like to have sex,'' said Raffella Fico, 20, who gained popularity in Italy's version of Big Brother early this year. The Neapolitan, who has posed for men's magazines and is reportedly set for a screen role, said she was planning to buy a house in Rome and pay for acting classes with the money. ''But if I don't like him I'll just have a glass of wineand forget about it''.

The magazine quoted Fico's brother as saying: ''She's never had a boyfriend. I swear on my mother's grave. She's a devout Catholic and prays to Padre Pio every night''. Fico, whose asking price translates into almost $1.5 million, is not the first woman to offer her virginity for big money. An 18-year-old US student in San Diego, Natalie Dylan, recently told the Howard Stern show she would have sex for the first time for $1 million to pay her college fees. In 2005 a Peruvian model, also 18, put herself up for sale to help pay her family's medical bills but ended up having second thoughts and turning down $1.5 million.