Maria Borges' natural hair on the Victoria's Secret Runway #whatsyourhairstory

I do not know much about what went down at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show because my Runway has been busy. So while I wait for the show to air on December 8th, let us talk about the most important thing that happened on the Victoria’s Secret Runway. They let a black woman walk down their runway with her natural hair!!!!!This is something that I never thought would ever happen because of the way the company is.

Maria Barnes is a 23-year old Angolan beauty who has strutted the VS Runway three years in a row. She started at the age of 17 when she placed second in the Angolan edition of Elite Model Look and the second is history. She is now one of Givenchy’s rare muses- she refers to Riccardo Tisci as her “Godfather”.

My sister asked me whether she could go to her interview with her natural hair or wig; I fearlessly told her that she can wear whatever style she feels comfortable with, one that gives her a polished professional look but I would be lying if I said that the hair question doesn’t cross my mind.  

It is important because we read articles about beautiful black girls being sent home because they need to tame their hair. It is important because you know what it is to be a black women in  America -especially working in the beauty industry.

I am here for this. I love seeing carefree black women, you are the real queens. Hair is such a huge deal in for women but especially black women. 

Check out Hair stories on my Runway. It is a project that I have recently started on. If you would like to share yours, let me know.
More about Maria HERE 


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