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Yes, Yvonne Orji Is Still Saving Herself For Marriage, But Hopes This Year Will Be The Last
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Yes, Yvonne Orji Is Still Saving Herself For Marriage, But Hopes This Year Will Be The Last

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Yvonne Orji is such a damn breath of fresh air. And thankfully so, she has been in full promo mode, making her television rounds to discuss both her new book, Bamboozled By Jesus, and the new and highly-anticipated final season of the extremely popular show, Insecure. The Nigerian-American actress and comedian most recently has been spotted on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she opens up on a plethora of subjects, from manifesting a future daytime talk show, all the way to comparing Ashton Kutcher to Jesus himself.


And listen, our girl is our girl, (which she always will be), so to hear her fresh, and comedic, quickness back on our radars--as if she ever left them--is what we undoubtedly love to see. And despite starring in a show based on the insecurities we all feel when stepping into our true selves, Yvonne feels pretty damn comfortable with who *she* is, with one of those things being a 37-year old virgin.

She's discussed her virginity multiple times on the past, once telling People:

"Before any of [the fame] happened, I sat down with myself and with God and thought, when I make it, how do you want me to represent you while I'm here? It was like, OK, I know why I'm here. It's to make you proud. People ask about it because they're curious, or they may not understand. How will they ever get understand if I don't talk about it? I can inform your curiosity, as opposed to everyone being in the dark and just sort of creating their own narrative about it."

And while at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she touched on the subject again, when asked about it, immediately looking to the camera and saying, "Where is he? Hurry up, wherever you are. Hurry, OK? Please." Jimmy then asks a legit question, if she feels waiting gets more or less easier as time passes, which she says:

"I mean, I don't know because this is the last year. Wherever you are, hurry. December 2nd is my deadline. We've been in COVID for a long time, those are dog years, fam, OK?!"

Of course, this is all in jest, as Orji takes her Christianity and virginity very seriously. She discussed her path to the decision on The Breakfast Club, where she said:

"Personally, I had plans to have sex when I turned 18. I was dating [redacted] and I had it figured out. But, I got to college at 17 in D.C and then I got saved. It comes out, I don't hide it. The same way people know they've had a one-night stand, you can say that so I can this."

And although she has she has somehow become the "face of virginity" in Hollywood for the culture, she joins the ranks of others such as Sherri Shepherd, Jordin Sparks, and Lolo Jones who waited, (or are waiting), for marriage before having sex, or even now-married women, such as Tamera Mowry-Housley, Mariah Carey, Meagan Good, and Ciara, who all remained celibate with their spouses until they all said, "I do."

"It's like society has allowed us to normalize a lot of sex but hasn't allowed us to normalize the option to also not have sex...It's not like a crusade. I'm not like, 'Guys! Let's all not have sex together.' I can say, 'Hey, I'm Nigerian and I love God and I'm funny, or 'I like to snort when I laugh really loud, I still shop at the 99 cent store.' Like there's so many things about me and not just the one that I'm not doing."

We couldn't agree more, queen.

Watch Yvonne's full appearance at Jimmy Kimmel Live! below:

And as a bonus, here's her wildly popular TED Talk on why 'the wait' is sexy:

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