BeautifulPeople.com thrown off eBay for auctioning date with the Virgin Mary
Published 07/12/2011 | 08:21
AN internet dating site has been thrown off eBay for auctioning a date with the Virgin Mary.
BeautifulPeople.com encouraged men to bid for a date with blonde Heather Seychelle, 25, shown dressed in a "sexy" Mary outfit.
Miss Seychelle appears in the dating site's nativity scene and attracted hordes of male fans.
The unholy row began after the LA-based website launched the charity auction.
Controllers at eBay pulled the listing – complaining it contained "adult content".
Miss Seychelle is pictured wearing a low-cut blue robe and posing with a bare-chested male model Dorion Renaud, 23, who played Joseph.
Heather said: "I'm a single girl and I joined the website to find love, so I hope I meet a nice boy.
"It's crazy that eBay got rid of our auction on their site. The money is for charity."
Greg Hodge, managing director of the site, said: "eBay accused us of posting adult content onto their website – but we simply uploaded portrait photos of our nativity stars as they appear on our home page in the hope we'd raise money for charity.
"We were forced to quickly build our own auction platform and gather blind bids, through our website.
"We are confident we can still raise a decent amount of money and will announce the winner on January 5."
Mr Hodge added: "It's not like we were the first to auction a date on eBay. Scarlet Johansson auctioned herself on the site for Oxfam.
"I'm also not sure how our posting is adult content. Everyone is dressed and although Mary is busty, she has just given birth to Jesus."
BeautifulPeople.com is a global dating site with 730,000 members.
It only admits applicants who are voted in by existing members of the opposite sex, based on how attractive they find their photo and basic profile.
The nativity scene was cast with models and members of the site.