When you think of the hair at the Victorias Secret Fashion Show, you automatically think flawless beach waves and sun kissed balayages. Maria Borges is changing the status quo, she made Victoria’s Secret hair history by walking down runway with her natural hair.
Angolan model, Maria Borges, has walked down the runway for Victoria’s Secret 3 times prior to this influential moment, each time sporting long, black extensions and signature VS waves, but this time, she walked completely natural. “I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” Borges told Essence. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes,’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”
Victoria’s Secret reps LOVED the idea. During casting, the lingerie label asked 23-year-old Borges to come to auditions, but to leave her extensions at home. Borges was estatic. “We were all nervous because I didn’t expect them to answer so quickly,” but that “yes” turned into one of the most iconic VS moments since their first show in 1995.
Styling Borges’ hair for the show was totally a breeze. She wanted her hair as natural as possible. She aimed to let her gorgeous texture take the stage. “I asked them to only put in olive oil spray and that’s it. I was happy because it took 10 seconds to get ready. It was the first time I didn’t have to straighten my hair. It was so easy and I loved it,” Borges said.
Care at home is just as simple. Her product of choice? Olive Oil!
“Be strong. If you say you’re beautiful without hair and makeup, then they will believe you. It’s about being confident and always being yourself.” – Maria Borges
Borges took the leap of faith and underwent her ’big chop’ after Riccardo Tisici, Givenchy’s Creative Director, encouraged her to do so. By the time Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2015 show rolled around, Borges was already rockin’ her short ‘do.
Borges told i-D how having her hair short and natural has really pushed her to discover her own personal brand as a model. She wants to see her industry embrace diversity and individuality. ”The industry—thank God—has become more accepting of individuality. They accept whatever makes you feel comfortable, cool, and beautiful,” she tells i-D. “I think that for those of us who grew up watching Naomi Campbell and all the top models who had beautiful long extensions, it’s freeing because now you don’t have to adhere just to that standard. You can change, you can go natural, you can have different colours, and you can be yourself.”
We are loving the hair, Maria!
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