Victoria's Secret Model Maria Borges Wears Her Hair Natural, Inspires Women to 'Embrace Their Own Beauty'

The Angolan model made history at the VS Show this year and proves "being yourself is always the right thing to do."

Most of the time it's about what the models wear at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show — $2 million bras, insane wings, even the occasional culturally misappropriated outfit. But this year, it was what Angolan model Maria Borges didn't wear that made headlines.

The gorgeous model went without hair extensions for the show, which taped last Tuesday, and set a new standard of natural beauty on the catwalk — while also tearing it up in the brand's signature over-the-top lingerie ensembles.

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This move proved that extensions and carefully manicured curls don't have to be the standard for the catwalk and we love it. Beauty is so much more than that.

“I’d like to thank Victoria’s Secret for giving me the opportunity to help women around the globe embrace their own beauty,” Borges told PeopleStyle. “Being the voice of a few women was one of the best feelings, ever!”

“It was important [to have this moment] but it mostly felt natural. To me, it was the right thing to do,” she said. “Being yourself is always the right thing to do. By being yourself, I mean choosing the hairstyle that you want, not what people ask you to do in order to be beautiful or sexy in their eyes.”

How inspiring is that?

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This was Borges' third time walking in the VS show. In her previous experiences, the 23-year-old rocked long, curled tresses. She said it took her a while to come around to embracing her natural hair.

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Designer Riccardo Tisci had asked her to make the chop last year but she didn't feel ready. “He asked me to change my hairstyle,” Borges told “He had asked me last season as well, but I had booked an H&M campaign that same week and at the time I wasn’t feeling as comfortable with change."

This year, she was prepared. Borges cut her hair a few months before Fashion Week, when she debuted her 'do on the Givenchy runway. She said: "I finally felt ready, and I’m glad that I did.”

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