Maria Borges is an Angolan model. She was named Forbes Africa Magazine’s top model of 2013. She is a Riccardo Tisci favorite and calls him her “godfather”. She is known for Walking the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Born Name Maria Borges
Nick Name Maria
Occupation Fashion / Runway model
Years active 2010–present
Born: October 28, 1992, 26 years and 2 months, Luanda, Angola
Sun Sign Scorpio
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Height 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Mother – Died when Maria was 11.
Siblings – She has an older sister and brother.
Maria aspires to study science. She has learned English from a college course in the US.
Maria Borges was raised by her siblings during the Angolan Civil War.
She was discovered in 2010 when she placed second at the Angolan edition of the contest Elite Model Look.
In 2012, she signed with Supreme Agency.
One month later, she debuted her first fashion week where she walked 17 runways.
For her second season, she was a Givenchy exclusive.
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.
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, Dsquared2, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Emporio Armani, Erdem, Ermanno Scervino, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Jonathan Saunders, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, 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, Trussardi, Versace, Victoria’s Secret, Vionnet, Wes Gordon and Zac Posen, among others.
Borges has appeared in every Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2013.
She has appeared in campaigns for Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Bobbi Brown, C&A, L’Oréal, Mac Cosmetics, and Forever 21.
Tall and thin frame
She can be contacted via these modeling agencies
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Paris
Mega Model Agency – Hamburg / Berlin
Elite Model Management – Stockholm
Way Model Management – Sao Paulo
Traffic Models – Barcelona / Madrid
Elite Model Management – China
IMG Models – Sydney
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
We are Models – Lisboa
20 Model Management – Cape Town
Brandon Maxwell, Mizani, H&M, Givenchy, C&A, Tommy Hilfiger, Saks Fifth Avenue.
First Fashion Week
Maria debuted with Ready to Wear – Autumn / Winter 2012 fashion shows where she walked the ramp for 1º Classe Alviero Martini, Bill Blass, Carmen Marc Valvo, Costello Tagliapietra, Creatures of the Wind, Custo Barcelona, Cynthia Rowley, Douglas Hannant, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Nicole Miller, Philipp Plein, Rachel Zoe, Roccobarocco, Ruffian, Tess Giberson, Theyskens’ Theory, Tibi, and Vivienne Tam.
She exercises in the gym. Maria pays more attention to her legs, being a model. She does yoga, Zumba dance workout, Pilates, spinning workout, running outdoors, etc.
Maria eats healthy and doesn’t do any crazy diets which may have a harmful effect on the body.
Maria Borges Favorite Things
Exercise – Running on the bicycle
Maria Borges Facts
Mario’s childhood was spent in the Angolan Civil War.
Maria was raised by her older siblings.
In late 2010 (at 17 years of age), she was discovered when she came 2nd during the Elite Model Look contest (Angolan edition).
She has become the favorite model of Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci.
Maria considers Tisci as her godfather.
Borges was the top model of 2013 as per Forbes Africa Magazine.
When she walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wearing her natural afro hair, she became the first black model to do so on November 10, 2015.
She has walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She lost her mom when she was 11.
She knows Portuguese and English (She did English course from a city college).
She has a tattoo on her body which reads “Step by step.”
Borges was a quiet schoolgirl.
In her childhood, she wanted to become a doctor.
Naomi Campbell is her fashion icon.
She won the Ford Supermodel Angola 2011.