Native of Luanda, the Angolan capital, Maria Borges is one of the Afro models that managed to break the monotony of international fashion. In May 2017, she will cover ELLE USA, along with five other models. She will be the first black woman to do it naturally.
Indeed, it is well with its natural assets that Maria Borges knew how to give the chest to her young career as a model. In February 2017, she became the new face of cosmetic giant L’Oréal Paris, its true coup d’éclat, she marked it in 2015, during the Victoria’s Secret parade in 2015.
On the Catwalk, the 24-year-old girl appeared with her short afro cut, her hair left natural. A style of hairstyle that makes its fame.
The fashion industry is there for everyone, regardless of color or race. When I grew up, I never saw anyone like me, and now other girls can see someone like them.
Witnessing the civil war in Angola, Maria Borges was able to count on the support of her elder sister who took charge of her education on the death of their mother. Spotted in 2010 at the Elite Model Look contest, which finished in second place, the model was then propelled on the podiums by the Givenchy brand.
Today, she also wants to give a chance to young girls who share the same dreams as her. She selected the young Nigerian top model Olamide Ogundele from Nigeria who took part in the recent Fashion Week in Paris.
“It is very important for African women and for women around the world to know that they too can be included,” she said.
“The fashion industry is there for everyone, regardless of color or race. When I grew up, I never saw anyone like me, and now the other girls can see someone, One like them, it’s a real inspiration, “she adds.