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Evette Holyfield speaks on being a virgin at 27 and more

In a world where everyone is selling sex left and right, keeping your goodies on lock down sounds like a things of the past. However, Evander Holyfield’s daughter Evette has done just that. She is 27-year-old and vows to remain a virgin until she’s married.

The stylist and designer recently caught up with Essence.com to talk about her decision to remain abstinent, saying that her father taught her about how important it was to save herself for her future husband. She also says that contrary to what people may think, it’s pretty easy for her because she doesn’t have the desire for sex (even when she was in a long-term relationship) and she’s made it her mission to educate young girls and women to go the same route as she did.

Peep a few excerpts below

On when shy she decided to be abstinent until marriage?
We grew up in a Christian home. When I was around six years old, my dad said to me, “You don’t need to have sex outside of marriage.” He went through the whole spiel with me. So as I grew up, I thought, okay dad, if you don’t want me to do it, I’m not gonna do it. Then I started to really understand church – the words in the Bible and what the pastor is really saying. At that point, I wasn’t just doing it because my dad said don’t, but rather, I now believe that by waiting, God will bless me and bring me a great husband.

On if it has been difficult for her to remain a virgin
Honestly, it’s easy for me. I was in a three-year relationship, and I never had those desires for him in that way. He never pressured me. In my mind, I already have it set that I’m not gonna do it, so if someone were to pressure me, it wouldn’t even phase me. I just don’t have those desires.

On how other women react to her stance on sex
My sister is a virgin, and I have a couple of friends who are virgins too. Some women have said to me, “Why would anyone want to date you if you haven’t had sex?” I ask them, “Why would anyone want to date someone who has slept with the whole world?” Having sex with a man is not what’s going to set you apart. What’s going to set you apart is what’s in your head.

On advice she has for young girls
I have talked to young groups of kids at different schools about the keys to success, and one of the secrets I tell the young girls is to preserve themselves and their bodies and not to give them away to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Guys are going to treat you how you allow them to, and if you don’t respect yourself and feel like you’re worth something, then you will feel like you should do whatever a man wants you to.

On if she believes women should wait until marriage?
I would prefer if women waited to have sex, but I know it’s unrealistic to think that all women are going to think like me. I think women should make a list of what they really want in a man. Then, wait, really stick to your guns, and have faith that God is going to give you that person. If women did that, it would save them a lot of heartache. Never settle.

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