You might recognize Maria Borges from the 2015 Victoria Secret fashion Show making a statement by rocking her natural hair, but now she is making headlines for another reason.
This Angolan beauty just became Elle USA’s first African model of the century.
After recently being dubbed as Africa’s ‘Models Breaking Barriers’ by CNN, Borges then too became the face of L’Oreal Paris in February.
According to the Huffington Post, Borges spoke about the vital need for representation in the fashion industry in her interview.
“The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race,” she told Elle. “When I was growing up, I never saw someone like me, and now the other girls can see someone like them. It’s all about inspiration.”
What Borges expressed is everything that Blacklght stands for, positive representation in areas where black faces are not typically represented.