Maria Borges

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Maria Borges
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Borges in 2018
Born (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 27)
Years active2010–present
Known forVictoria's Secret Fashion Show, 2013–17
Modeling information
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown

Maria Borges (born 28 October 1992) is an Angolan model. She was named Forbes Africa Magazine's top model of 2013.[5] She is a Riccardo Tisci favorite and calls him her "godfather".[6]

Early life[edit]

Maria Borges was born in Luanda, Angola[7] and raised by her siblings during the Angolan Civil War.[5]

She was discovered in 2010 when she placed second at the Angolan edition of the contest Elite Model Look.[5]


Maria Borges walking the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show

In 2012, she signed with Supreme Agency. One month later, she debuted her first fashion week where she walked 17 runways.[6] For her second season, she was a Givenchy exclusive.[6] Borges has appeared in editorials for French, Italian, British, Spanish, German, and Portuguese Vogue, German and Australian Harper's Bazaar, Brazilian Marie Claire, French Numèro, V, W, i-D, and Interview.

In 2017, Maria Borges was the first African woman to feature on the cover of the American version of ELLE, 20 years after Sudanese model Alek Wek in 1997.[8]

She has walked the runways for Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Banana Republic, Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Costello Tagliapietra, Custo Barcelona, Daks, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dior,[9] Dsquared2, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Emporio Armani, Erdem, Ermanno Scervino, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy,[6] Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Jonathan Saunders, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs,[6] Marchesa, Margaret Howell, Matthew Williamson, Max Mara, Maxime Simoens, Missoni, Monique L'huillier, Moschino, Naeem Khan, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Philipp Plein, Posche Design, Ports 1961, Prabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Rucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Temperley, Tom Ford,[6] Trussardi, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Vionnet, Wes Gordon and Zac Posen, among others.

Borges has appeared in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from 2013-2017.

She has appeared in campaigns for Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Bobbi Brown, C&A, L'Oréal, Mac Cosmetics, and Forever 21.


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  5. ^ a b c "Model to Watch: Maria Borges". Elle. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hilary Moss (21 August 2013). "Why Model Maria Borges Is Taking Her Career 'Step By Step'". Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ "A manequim e modelo internacional angolana Maria Borges". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017: Maria Borges's Beauty Secrets". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  9. ^ Leah Chernikoff (1 July 2013). "Dior Finally Casts Black Models". Retrieved 11 November 2014.

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