NEW YORK (CBS) In October, Alexandria Mills became the first American woman to be crowned Miss World, but now rumors of a nude photo have surfaced on the Internet, potentially tarnishing the soft-spoken 18-year-old's wholesome image.
According to RadarOnline.com, the racy photo of Mills was taken this summer.
The celebrity gossip site reports that the picture was taken in what seems to be a bathroom and was originally sent to her boyfriend.
The site says it has seen the photo and has confirmed its authenticity.
Mills took over the Miss World title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who was named Miss World 2009 at a ceremony last December.
Mills is the latest in a growing list of attractive celebrities to have private pics catch the public's eye.
In 2009, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean sued pageant organizers for religious discrimination. But, according to NBC, the legal battle imploded when pageant organizers uncovered a sex tape featuring the Christian beauty queen.
That same year, Ashley Greene, the fresh-faced actress who played Alice Cullen in the box-office hit "Twilight," went on the offensive when nude photos of the 22-year-old surfaced on the web. Greene's lawyer confirmed the authenticity of the shots but threatened to sue anyone who published them, claiming displaying them was unlawful.