Whoa. For the first time ever, a Victoria’s Secret model walked the runway with natural hair. Rather than bending to VS’s traditional beauty standards, 23-year-old Angolan model Maria Borges rocked the runway sans wig, weave or even extensions. For Borges, it was history-making in a personal way.
“I love long hot, steamy showers. That’s the place most of my ideas come from. A lot of the time, my ideas are very silly. I think of magic, being back in Haiti as a little girl, and creating random things either for work or fun. I love to create stories in the shower. A lot of them get lost in my mind once I step out of the bathroom into the real world. Or I get embarrassed about them and choose not to share them with others. But this one came to stay.
I immediately grabbed my phone and texted my friends. I told them, I wanted to be a super hero, but I didn’t want to be alone and I needed their help. I had a whole story, and the more I thought about it, the clearer it came. They all immediately agreed to join me in my superhero adventure, so I texted a photographer friend of mine to confirm our underground shoot.
I don’t think Aaron of NYC_Underground understood the idea completely, but he likes me enough so he agreed. Cacsmy, Kristia, Nichole, and I showed up at Hudson Yards subway station that night feeling more powerful than ever. Clad in black with layers of leggings, body suits, fringe gloves, and harnesses, we were ready to take the night! I was in character…”
Since I’ve begun this journey into being bald and trying to accept my self as beautiful I’ve also expanded into the acceptance of my body shape! I first thought this journey was just about my hair but now I know it’s about overall acceptance of self! I’m body positive! 🌻🌱
Took this pic of my mom in the garden with one of my moonflowers behind her ears. I was like really ma, all this pose and daintiness. Lol. Imma love her cuz she’s my superwoman…beat cancer 3 times and still fighting the good fight. #fuckcancer