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Maria Borges Becomes The First African Woman To Appear On The Cover of Elle Magazine

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  1. Why is someone wearing their natural hair such a big deal????…….why couldn’t it be about her having her first experience walking in the show??….. Now it’s all about her hair…not the fact that she accomplished one of her dreams…..smh

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    1. Because, sadly, we’ve been taught that only straight or wavy hair is beautiful, which is why the Black hair industry is as huge as it is (I’m a victim, admittedly). It’s not news, shouldn’t be relevant, but it’s a win for the fashion industry – they are understanding, albeit slowly, that beauty comes in many forms, and that it’s time they stopped dictating that Caucasian is the only form of beauty.

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    2. Karen Flores says:

      I agree with you, but remember modelling is about hair too, unfortunately. This is the first time that Victoria Secret has ever had a natural model. So, yay!!! At least they finally have a natural black hair model and not always the wig models.

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    3. Shaquana Williams This wasn’t her first time walking in the VS fashion show. It was her third year in a row walking this show. The first two years, she walked the stage sporting extensions.

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    4. It’s so sad that it’s 2015 and this was the first time…

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    5. MJ Letera says:

      I don’t even have African hair, just very curly Mediterranean/middle-eastern hair, and this excites me for the reason that conchie said above

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  2. Kagnie Renae says:

    Glad she made history…it’s still weird that a black woman rocking a TWA is making news…we have so long to go. This should be the norm by now. Progress tho.

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    1. Tati Ch says:

      Seriously. Our hair is so versatile and many women have been rocking all sorts of natural and straight styles. But it’s a big deal because white corp Victoria secrets “allowed” it in their show. Smh.

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    2. But its not the norm. Even in 2015 people of color, african-american afro-cuban Zafra Mexicans have to cover up their hair because society Italian them they’re not good enough they’re not pretty enough and therefore they’re not worthy enough. So this is a really big deal that people are uncovering and coming out and saying I am beautiful just the way I am. Latin women Latin people wake up we are a mixture of African American Indian European and Asian that’s who we are. And remember we all came from Africa and split and spread out in the world to be merry and grow and create in a team and die.

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  3. Jenn DeLisio says:

    if a woman wearing natural hair is news worthy than that speaks volumes about the vanity of the fashion industy and everyone naive enough to fall for it.

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    1. It’s not just the fashion industry, women of colour report discrimination in company dress codes and general pressure to make their hair look more “Caucasian”.

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  4. Mary Edwards says:

    she has beautiful hair, she should wear it that way

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  5. Can someone explain what’s with all of the fake hair? It looks ridiculous, on everyone of every color. Like a bald guy wearing a rug. Knock it off.

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  6. She looks stunning with her Afro.

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  7. Maria Borges is gorgeous…

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  8. I don’t understand why a model as gorgeous as Maria Borges cannot wear her “own hair” ? She could be bald and still be stunning ! I don’t see what the big fuss is about ! Celebrate her beauty !

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  9. Karen Flores says:

    I am happy to see that she made history. Yet, it is strange. I would like to see black women with twists and locks too. Those are styles that are truly natural to black hair. The last time I saw a natural black model was in the 1970s. This is the first for Victoria Secret. I hope and pray that they are more open to real hair on the runway, not just fake.

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  10. Danielle says:

    Maria looked amazing–I love that she wore her hair naturally. The only time I’ve seen something similar at the VS Fashion Show was Ajuma Nasenyana in 2006—she wore her hair very closely cropped. It was so striking amongst the sea of extensions and long, long hair.

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  11. She looks PHENOMENAL too!

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  12. Karen Baker says:

    Why shouldn’t she?? She’s stunning!

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  13. Rebma Sivad says:

    I think natural hair is gorgeous. We should be seeing this MUCH more often. Monotony is boring.

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  14. Tati Ch says:

    Seriously. Our hair is so versatile and many women have been rocking all sorts of natural and straight styles. But it’s a big deal because white corp Victoria secrets “allowed” it in their show. Smh.

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  15. Cindy Hart says:

    Seriously, as beautiful as she is, why would she not show her own hair? She doesn’t need a wig!

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  16. disappointed in society if natural hair is avant-garde enough to be big news. this woman is beautiful, no matter what ‘do she wants to rock.

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  17. I hope we see more of this. She is a natural beauty!

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  18. Julie Ries says:

    She’s beautiful, and she has beautiful hair. And I hope everyone keeps this positive instead of making a stink that it’s a headline.

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  19. Ashlei says:

    She looks more mature with her natural hair. I think it suits her personality better.

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  20. Go Maria!!! Victoria’s Secret recognizing black natural beauty? I think I may just go spend a couple hundred for that 😉

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  21. Kenya Nelson says:

    And I remember a time when Victoria’s Secret models looked like women – Heidi, Tyra, Adriana, etc. Now, it’s like watching skeletons on Halloween.

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  22. Cat Cuaderno says:

    I think as a society we should be embracing our natural selves . . . period. These days, we’re so focused on sculpting our faces and applying all sorts of chemicals in our hair.

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  23. BTW..A black woman with short natural hair won the Oscar for best actress last year Nupita Logoto was I think her name. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!

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  24. Zhamae says:

    She is beautiful in every sense of the word, esp her spirit. I hope she inspires females of African descent across the globe to love and embrace their natural beauty. Go girl!!!

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  25. Im dead. Skinny women are my Kryptonite.

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    1. She’s healthy though, and DAMN right?

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  26. MJ Letera says:

    She is gorgeous, and even more so with her natural hair.

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  27. Beth Gaddie says:

    she is gorgeous and so is hair.

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  28. She is beautiful with any kind of hair! Or none at all!

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  29. Kenya Nelson says:

    The Weeknd looks like a fungus.

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  30. Ali Griff says:

    Some people just comment negativity to get a rise out of others. Ignore these imbeciles. They don’t get paid for their opinions, and you don’t get paid for your responses

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  31. I wanna roll with u mama

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  32. Good! Your hair is a statement, it’s telling about who you are your roots your ethnic group everything about who you are as a human being mean and where are you come from is so wonderful because to be honest we all came or started out from Africa.

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  33. Connie Bell says:

    i think she looks gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Shelly InMn says:

    I guess some of u r too young to know, these freedoms weren’t always allowed. People r demanding to be respected as full, natural beings just as they come. Kinda like demanding equal pay – respect.

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  35. Teja Foster says:

    I dont even understand how people are saying so what. Even though it should have been done . Just say congrats and lets keep going. Why are we so angry at our own? We have white ppl to do that . Its sad

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  36. Very inspiring. Loved her this year!

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  37. Temia Lofton says:

    I absolutely love this headline. In fact it shows how much models of color need to rock their natural hair. I am a natural hair specialist and I always preach about crushing the inferior seed in society. Yes, we can wear our hair long straight curly wavy or kinky. But at the end of the day if your hair is falling out and you are wearing this commercial hair to cover up the real you. That means you aren’t happy with you. It takes a level of boldness and courage to rock a FRO! 😍 Keep the positive feedback coming let’s join in and crush this inferior seed that made us feel ashamed of our kinks and curls.

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  38. ray says:

    YAAAAAASSS! she is soo gorgeous with her natural hair. such an inspiration!

    Bisous!!

    http://www.shadesofray.ca

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  39. Anya Michelle says:

    Well it’s not the fro issue even, it’s ANY short hair on the Victoria’ s Secret catwalk. They DONT do it, I dunno if the show has ever had short hair on before?

    Some model, Karlie Kloss I think? Well she cut her hair once before the show and they MADE her put long extensions in on the day.
    They were like, short hair not here. She was like, booo! But she gave in anyway.

    So thats jus how they are? ‘Fro is great to them as long as it’s a Longer fro! Just not short, but Maria sho changed SOMEbody’s mind there, I guess?

    Cool

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  40. Anya Michelle says:

    Meanwhile the amount of extensions on that catwalk… dude, that ish could totally sink a warship! 🙂

    Well, you know

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  41. Maddy says:

    Shes NOT THE FIRST to rock her natural hair Ajuma Nasenyana in 2006 appeared on the VS runway with a shaved head

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  42. Bonita says:

    I was thinking the same as someone above. Naturalhair is more accepted if it’s big or curly or big & curly. Short & Kinky not so much.

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  43. Justine bloomquist says:

    I mean I guess Victoria Secret very white aesthetic … go hard or go home… Always a permenant other…sorry she could have did her fro better it was uneven. I am suppose to celebrate a uneven fro cause it’s not permed okay….. At least be fly… No I am not feeling her fro looking like Somebody auntie in the post office line. All the chicks rocking short naturals she did them no justice. Sorry…

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  44. Justine bloomquist says:

    Who cares who accepts you outside your own culture? should black women have their own fashion show support yourselves.. Why do I care what they think is beautiful when half the models bought and paid to be up there….

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  45. Jamie Washington says:

    Begging for acceptance is so old. I don’t see what’s the big deal. Is Victoria secret fashion still relevant and too who? most models come from wealthy families it’s all by design. If it makes someone feel good then great but isn’t it time black women put on there on stuff since they are copied and ostracized to the point that people really care about that stuff.

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  46. Donna Windi says:

    She’s not the first on VS to rock her natural hair or go without extensions another African model Ajuma Nasenyana was a VS model.She was there when Gisele was still an angel.I can’t remember if it was in 2009 -2011. No one speaks of her.

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  47. Aww, thank you! She is gorg!!!

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  48. Tj Hanna says:

    Natural hair—very nice. But this child is WAY TOO skinny!!!

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  49. She didn’t make history ….we normal women wear our hair natural everyday …..smh

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  50. The caption should say that Victoria Secret finally let a model rock a fro.

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    1. Gay people can show PRIDE! Trans can show PRIDE. LGBT community can SHOW pride! Why do they need to show Pride for being who they are and proud of how they were born! Lmao smdh.

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  51. where’s the fro?

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    1. I was hoping for something worthy of Erykah Badu! 😀

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    2. Kagnie Renae says:

      ‘teeny weeny afro’ bka TWA…that’s what she has.

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  52. Ellen Mack says:

    so what? shouldn’t she wear her natural hair?

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  53. It’s about time they wear their own hair.

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