Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 4.8K If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share!She was born and raised in times of Angola’s civil war by her sister who is just five years her senior because she lost her mom at the age of 11 and her dad was never around, before making the move to New York, Maria Borges made headlines as the first ever model to sport Afro hair on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk in 2015, as well as becoming a L’Oreal Paris spokes model in 2016. The 25-year old has experienced life from both ends of the spectrum. Maria Borges has made it into the major-league of modelling. Advertising lipsticks and skincare products for a blue-chip cosmetics company such as L’Oreal.Maria’s ride to a happily ever after wasn’t as a result of a Prince Charming however. Instead, in 2010, Maria who was at the time 17-years old tried her luck, by participating in the Elite Model Look Angola contest. Although she didn’t win, it was enough for her to get signed with Luanda-based agency STEP Models, which eventually enabled her to work oversees in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2013, a Givenchy campaign took her career to greater heights. She was the first black model to ever walk in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret (VS) fashion show whilst wearing her natural afro hair and the first African woman to feature on the cover of Elle America in 2017, 20 years after Sudanese model Alek Wek in 1997.She has walked the runways for Balmain, Banana Republic, Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dior, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Emporio Armani, Erdem, Ermanno Scervino, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Jonathan Saunders, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Philipp Plein, Posche Design, Ports 1961, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Rucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Temperley, Tom Ford, Trussardi, Versace, Victoria’s Secret, Vionnet, Wes Gordon and among others. Borges has appeared in editorials for French, Italian, British, Spanish, German, and Portuguese Vogue, German and Australian Harper’s Bazaar, Brazilian Marie Claire, French Numèro, V, W, i-D, and Interview. More Articles You Would Love #HOTSHOTS: Nandi Mbatha Is A Swimwear Hottie In This Fabulous Swimsuit By Khosi Nkosi Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival 2015 – World Edition african fashionafrican modelsangolablack modelsMaria Borgesmodels Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail Naa More For You #BIKINIBAE: South Africa’s Premium Swimwear Sensation Pamala Hughes Is Serving Ravishing Bikini Looks #BIKINIEBAE: More Than A Barbie; Afro-Latina Alexis Hernandez Has The Internet Going Crazy... #BeautyOfTheWeek: Meet The Bald & Bold Daala Oruwari; Undeniably One Of Nigeria’s Most... #BIKINIEBAE: From Runway Royalty to InstaGlam Star; Meet Kiara Pike, The Fashion Universe’s... #MODELCRUSH: Cote d’Ivoire’s Hottest Model Marie-Michelle Koffi Gives A Detailed Account Of Life... #BeautyOfTheWeek: Meet The Gorgeous Gem Sakhile Zie That Represented Zimbabwe At Miss Supranational... #BIKINIEBAE: Luscious Insta-Viral 18y/o Nigerian Beauty Folashade Speaks To Us About Dating, Seductivity... #BeautyOfTheWeek: Meet The Stunning Angella Summer Namubiru, A Beautiful Ugandan With A Heart... #MODELCRUSH: Meet Mihret Engda, The Ethiopian Model Making Waves on the Global Fashion... #BIKINIBAE: Meet Joanna James, The Afrolicious Model Redefining Swimwear Beauty Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.