QUEENSLAND, Australia - An alleged former webcam girl has lost her chance at what's touted as "The Best Job in the World."
That job is caretaker for Australia's famous Great Barrier Reef, a position that pays $150,000 annually and includes free housing on Hamilton Island in the nation's Whitsunday islands.
Russian marine biologist Julia Yalovitsnya, 29, was the second-highest rated of 50 candidates, until Tourism Queensland found out about her supposed past work as a webcam girl and took her out of the running. Voting was public, based on videos of each candidate; her clip has now been taken down, though it's popping up on YouTube and other sites.
Tourism Queensland Chief Executive Officer Anthony Hayes said she was removed from the competition after the organization found her "inappropriate video" on a public website, ABC News Down Under reports. How the tourism outfit found the site and her particular video has not been revealed, though apparently it was informed by various sources.
"We are taking the claims made in the media seriously and are currently investigating the matter," said an issued statement. "Tourism Queensland will decide on a course of action once we have accurate information."
Meanwhile, Yalovitsnya has denied all of it and told Russia's Pravda she was "shocked," but did admit to photographs.
"Do they change anything? I am not 18, after all. Those images have never appeared on the Internet and I have never worked as an online model," she said.
The marine biologist also confirmed her husband Aleksei Yalovitsyna is accused of distributing porn. Russian police claim Yalovitsyna and her husband supplied porn and live Russian webcam girls to a Las Vegas-based sex site, according to the blog HottiesInTheNews.
"I plan to win this case. The investigation has no proof," she told UK newspaper The Sun. It is absolutely concocted and my personal life is nobody's business but of my husband's and my own."
The Russian newspaper Karelia claims Yalovitsyna picked and trained girls, and posed in front of webcams herself.
Learn more about "The Best Job in the World" (that's what it says on the home page).
View the woman alleged to be Yalovitsyna in full webcam action from PeekShows at Fleshbot.com.