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The rise of the born-again virgin

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Miranda Kerr and Ciara aren’t alone — here’s why more women are skipping sex, pre-marriage. Virginity is such a loaded word. It either conjures up magical memories or, for many of us, the absolute horrors.

According to Durex, the average age at which women have intercourse in Australia is 18 years, while it’s 17.4 years for the guys. But imagine if you could take your virginity back and give it to the man you were going to marry: Would you?

We’re not talking surgical reconstruction of the hymen here. Becoming a born-again virgin isn’t a physical concept, it’s more a conscious decision to abstain from sex until you’re married. Essentially, it’s a free virginity pass, even if you’ve already done the deed aplenty, or in Kerr’s case, had a child.

Kerr, 33, dropped her infamous guard in an interview with the Times in the UK and gave us a glimpse into the innermost workings of her apparent non-sex life with Evan Spiegel, 26, when she admitted the couple don’t currently use any contraception because they’re not having sex until they’re married. “[Spiegel] is very traditional,” said Kerr. “We can’t … I mean we’re just … waiting.”

Meanwhile, back in 2008, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon also declared their abstinence. “We both have similar beliefs, and I just thought that it would be so much more special if we waited until after we were married,” said Carey at the time. She divorced Cannon in 2014. Plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham says she’d “sowed her oats,” so she decided to wait until after she married her husband, Justin Ervin. When songstress Ciara, who has a son with rapper Future, got together with her now-husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he proudly told the world they had decided not to have sex before their marriage.

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