“I Had To Do It”: Maria Borges Ditches Extensions, Rocks Natural Hair At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

November 12, 2015  |  

Maria Borges walked in last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and event the year before. Both times, the leggy Angolan beauty looked stunning as she smiled for the cameras on the runway, hair running down her back.

But this year, her third walk down the runway in three years, Borges decided to try something different. Or better yet, she felt that she needed to.

“I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” Borges told Essence.com. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”

The model went natural earlier this year, and instead of feeling any pressure to throw on a wig or wear extensions for the big show, she decided to show off and celebrate her TWA.

Despite initially being nervous about how Victoria’s Secret would react to her trying to walk in the show with her natural hair, she was glad to have done it. She was the first to walk the runway with an afro.

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Borges, who was named Forbes Africa magazine’s top model of 2013, and has walked in shows for Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Dior and many more, offered this piece of advice to women: Never second-guess your natural beauty. Embrace it.

“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.”

And as she stated on social media, her gorgeous hair definitely stole the show.

To watch Borges slay the runway for yourself, check out the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, Tuesday, December 8.

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