Angolan supermodel Maria Borges made history at the last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired two nights ago, when she strutted onto the catwalk wearing something no other Angel had worn before: a kinky, cropped Afro hairstyle !
“AFRICA, this one is for you! I LOVE YOU,” she wrote in an Instagram caption, adding the hashtags #MBmakinghistory and #afrohair.
The 23-year-old had actually debuted the stunning hairstyle earlier this fall during Fashion Week, but was not sure how Victoria’s Secret would welcome her drastic change for their televised event.
The young supermodel told her agent she “wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with [her] natural hair,”reports Essence. “I was nervous, but I had to do it,” she said. “When they said ‘Yes’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”
In the world we live in and the bad rep natural hair often gets, we wondered who/what convinced her to go in for the big hair move? Coined “the big chop in the natural hair community. Apparently, it was none other than Givenchy Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci. The renowned Italian fashion designer reportedly encouraged the supermodel to ditch her hair extensions and embrace her own natural beauty and style.
“He asked me to change my hairstyle,” Borges reportedly told Style.com. “He had asked me last season as well, but I had booked an H&M campaign that same week and at the time I wasn’t feeling as comfortable with change. This season I finally felt ready, and I’m glad that I did.”
Missed the show: Viewers eager to watch Borges break fashion barriers can tune in to The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 on CBS, Tuesday, December 8 at 10PM ET if you’re in the states. In the meantime, check out these other times Maria Borges has and her TWA (natural hair talk for “teeny weeny Afro”) should have had our attention everyday before she even hit the Victoria’s secret runway ! She slays, she slays and keeps slaying. We can not get enough of her, so Enjoy!