Revealed: the true identity (and face) of student ‘Elizabeth Raine’ selling her virginity for £400,000
She’s not a “virgin whore”, but she also hasn’t produced the first great artwork of the 21st century.
The controversial medical student who was selling her virginity online has been unmasked by MailOnline.
Hanna Kern called herself Elizabeth Raine, a “Virgin Whore” who invited sleazy men to put a price on taking her V plates.
But she backed out of the auction, turning down the offer of £400,000 ($801,000) because it would be a distraction from her medical studies.
Now it has been revealed that she is a “shy, intelligent, middle-class” bioengineering (not medicine) student who is facing disciplinary action from the University of Washington, where she studies.
And it gets worse – according to “friends”, Kern:
• BARELY attracted any genuine offers in the auction.
• ABANDONED it because the winning bidder mysteriously disappeared.
• INFURIATED professors at her uni, who branded the auction “immoral”.
A source close to Hanna told MailOnline: “This auction didn’t work, plain and simple. Hanna had to face the fact that maybe her virginity wasn’t worth as much as she thought it was.”
And fellow students told of their astonishment that one of their peers was the famous Elizabeth Raine.
One male undergraduate said: “I am absolutely amazed. I saw the story online and straight away I said it looks like Hanna, but I couldn’t believe it was actually her. She’s a really quiet, shy girl and this seems so out of character.”
Kern had previously insisted she was withdrawing the prize, which would have included a mammoth 12 hour “date” with the top bidder, because she wanted to focus on her medical studies instead.
On her blog, Musings of a Virgin Whore, she wrote: “With the blessings of my management and the high bidders, I have decided to put a stop to this kerfuffle (to describe it nicely) and return my focus to my medical training.”
“I still do possess some spitefully strong beliefs about virginity, prostitution, and a woman’s right to do as she damned pleases, but school is my first priority (as it has been for my entire life).
“At this point, I no longer care about the auction, at all. This was a very easy decision.”
It now appears that the auction was neither a scam nor a stunt – it was simply a bit of a disaster.
The news will come as a blow to Tab art critic Matt McDonald, who last week branded Kern’s stunt “the first great artwork of the 21st century”.
Back when she launched the auction in March, Raine said that she was attracted to the idea because of the adventure, eroticism, and scandal it promised (along with the money of course).
But last week she said it was “no longer about the money”, and the auction had become an exercise to expose the patriarchy our society hasn’t left in the past.
She wrote: “It is about how society continues to exercise control over female sexuality by chaining it tightly to female morality”
And there was further salt in the wound for Kern after MailOnline phoned her DAD, a business man based in Long Beach, California. He reportedly put the phone down as soon as his daughter’s name was mentioned.