African Supermodel Refuses to Wear Weave! Find Out What Happens
When Angolan model Maria Borges went for the “full chop” and got rid of her weaves and extensions, she encountered the typical feedback. Her fellow Givenchy models “didn’t recognize her at all,” and she definitely felt like a different person.This feeling should last for a while. Borges has noted that she feels younger, fresher, and more confident in her new look. She’s even gone on to describe not needing to wear as much makeup or blush when she goes out natural. In an interview with Vogue, she’s even talked about feeling more high fashion than before.
The feeling is mutual, apparently. Clients have been calling nonstop trying to hire the model for shoots. Of course, when your resume includes names like Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs, you’ve got your pick of the best. But Borges has been particularly surprised by how many more calls she’s gotten now that she’s sporting a fresh, natural look.
It’s a great sign when the fashion industry makes a move toward inclusivity. While we’ll probably see Borges sporting runway extensions at some director’s request, there have already been major shoots with the elegant model in her natural look. And with shorter hair, Borges can sport a more minimalistic and fresher style that is more in-line with current trends.Maria Borges has a huge opportunity here. The 22-year-old model has been a sensation since her debut several years ago. In 2013 Forbes Africa named her the most wanted model in Africa. The Angola-native isn’t the first African model to go natural, but she is among the most famous and desired to do so. When a model of her stature makes a decision, others follow. While the surprise is nothing new, the reactions have mostly turned positive. Borges is already cat walking down the runway in her short hair, and it looks incredible!