If you’re looking for love, entrepreneur and supermodel Beverly Johnson says  your journey starts with positive speaking.

“Stop saying there are no  good men out there because there are,” said Johnson, who recently discovered new  love, during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

On Friday, she shared her  thoughts on making relationships work while sitting on the Finding Love At Any  Age: Black Relationship Defined panel during the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.  Johnson was joined by popular radio personality Shirley Strawberry, Single  Ladies stars LisaRaye McCoy and Denise Vasi, and star of upcoming Oxygen  reality show Girlfriend Confidential LA, Eva Marcille.

With a  little help from moderator Charreah Jackson, ESSENCE’s Relationship Editor, the  all-star panel opened up about the struggles single women face and the realities  of looking for love today. Johnson and Strawberry both admitted to recently  finding new love and happiness, while single ladies (pun intended) Vasi and  McCoy revealed real talk insight into their own past experiences with men. As  expected, Ms. McCoy was very vocal about her failed marriage to Michael Misick,  a former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and her desire to “get it  right” the next time around. Her strategy, she told the crowd, is actually not  to have one at all.

“I’m dating myself right now,” said McCoy. “I’m not  looking for him. I want God to bring him to me.” The other ladies concurred,  agreeing that it’s best to wait until love finds you.

“Women are  sometimes so desperate to be in relationships they ignore the red flags,” said  Strawberry. “You don’t want to be desperate. Men can smell that a mile  away.”

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