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Why One Model’s Hair Made History at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Quick! What comes to mind when you think of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? Our guess would be the vision of fit, curvaceous models strutting a glitzy stage in angel wings, million-dollar push-up bras, and bouncy blowouts. Well this year, one model switched things up a bit, rocking everything but the latter.

Angolan model Maria Borges paired her vibrant, multicolored wings and intricate bras with a cropped cut, embracing her naturally coarse hair texture. “I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” Borges tells our sister site Essence. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”

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And with her brave beauty chops, she made history. The 23-year-old model became the first to walk a runway that embodies bombshell beauty and sex appeal, in a mini afro. Alongside fine-haired models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Borges’ ‘fro represented for the curly girls (and short-haired gals!) everywhere. “At this moment precisely, I was looking up to God. I was thanking Him for making my third Victoria’s Secret appearance a moment that would help women around the world to embrace their natural beauty,” she writes in the caption of a photo of her most memorable moment from the show, which she posted on Instagram just moments ago. See it here.

At this moment precisely, I was looking up to God. I was thanking Him for making my 3rd Victoria’s Secret appearance a moment that would help women around the world to embrace their natural beauty! 💙💘💛💘 #vsfashionshow #afro #vsfs2015 #MBmakinghistory #blessed 💎🌍💎

A photo posted by Maria Borges (@iammariaborges) on Nov 12, 2015 at 7:00am PST

Bravo to Borges for inspiring women to embrace their natural features and for encouraging a shift in the fashion industry’s beauty standards in her very own (very special!) way. Encore!  

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