African Model Maria Borges Is On the Cover Of Elle Magazine
Elle magazine is moving in a different direction and featured its first African Model, Maria Borges, to grace the cover in the 21st century. The last black model to be featured on the cover of this magazine was Sudanese model, AlekWek, in 1997. After the news became public the model tweeted out,
“Honored to be the First African Woman of the Century to be on the cover of @elleusa. Thank you, everyone, for your support.#AFRICAxELLEUSA”.
The 24-year-old model was born in Angola Africa and has been modeling since 2010 after being discovered at the Angolan contest edition of Elite Model Choice. In 2015 Borges became the first African model to wear her natural afro in Victoria’s Secret annual televised fashion show which influenced the coordinators to hire more models of color and have them do the same in 2016’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. Borges is nothing less than a trendsetter.
In an interview with Elle, Borges talked about the importance of representation in the fashion industry and we couldn't agree with her more.
“The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race. 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.”