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maria borges

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

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.

You can say that the natural hair movement has come a long way baby! Over the last ten years, the small movement that could has now seen millions of women transition. Yup, so many of us went from relaxed to natural.

Is the movement over as many companies selling their chemical wares are telling us? Could it be a trend or a fad? I say no! Sure some of us have gone back to relaxing because they just prefer that look. Some go back and forth.

However, many black women are in it for the long haul because they feel empowered embracing their hair shrinkage, fighting to keep their hair moisturized and learning that is ok to have a “kitchen”. Others have paved the way wearing Sisterlocks and dreadlocks.

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 it is organic. We avoid relaxers and try alternatives to it. Before my blowout, I wash my hair with a shampoo bar then use Hydra-Curls leave in conditioner. Finally, she uses hair oils like acai berry oil and peppermint oil.

Sherry Harris is Chief Content Officer of Obsessed Hair Oil. Learn more about the products we recommend and hair routines on the <a href="https://obsessedhairoil.com/start-here/">Start Here</a> page, and connect on <a href="https://twitter.com/obsessedhairoil">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/obsessedhairoil">Facebook</a>.