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When you think about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show you normally imagine long, flowing, soft blonde curls and waves. However, one model decided VSF needed a change this year and they agreed. Angolan model, Maria Borges, 23, rocked the runway minus the usual getup wig, weave or extensions.

However, she looked like she was having a ball wearing the traditional elaborate bras, feather-laden “wings” and lots of fringe.  Miss Borges went all natural and made a powerful statement on what beauty could look like in today’s world.

Maria Borges VSF LookMaria walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk in 2014 and 2013 and for both shows. She went with the typical long, flowing hairstyles that the ladies are known for wearing.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

This year, she was able to walk alongside celebrity supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner and stand out for just the right reason.  Out of the 44 models walking this year, eight are black.

Details on Maria Borges

Forbes Africa Magazine released the list for the top African models for 2013. Topping that list is Angolan born model Maria Borges. She has had appearances on the runway for designers such as Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. As a result, Maria has been dubbed the most wanted African runway model of 2013.

With Maria at the top, the other African models that came close to snatching the title for number 1 include Ajak Deng from Sudan, Grace Bol from Sudan, Candice Swanepoel of South Africa, Liya Kebede of Ethiopia, Katryn Kruger of South African and Miss Universe competitor Flaviana Matata.

Beauty Secrets

Five-minute routine: Every morning I wash my face with cold-filtered water—Beauty Water by Jonathan—and then I apply coconut oil as a moisturizer on my face and body.

Never leave the house without, but be sure to keep a lip gloss and moisturizer.

Beauty from the inside out: You need to make peace with yourself, loving your body, loving your features and your skin, accepting who you are and what you are. The harmony will clearly show.

Hair care: I trust the one and only hair guru Marcello Costa. I love to use Jonathan Products because is organic. We avoid relaxers and try alternatives to it. Before my blowout, I use Hydra-Curls leave in conditioner.

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