Angolan model Maria Borges made history on Tuesday during the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. For her third appearance, she decided to do something different and authentic. “I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” she says. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes,’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”

This is the first time natural hair has made an appearance on the Victoria Secret runway and fans loved every minute of it. In previous years, the 23-year-old went along with the brand’s trend of long hair, but this year Borges decided to show that beauty can come in many ways. Her message to other naturals, “Be strong,” she said. “If you say you’re beautiful without hair and makeup, then they will believe you. It’s about being confident and always being yourself.”

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS on December 8.

Yvelette Stines

  • Affirmative Action

    Bravo! A real trendsetter.

  • Affirmative Action

    Bravo! A real trendsetter.