She first made waves in the industry and as the first ever model to walk in the Victoria's Secret fashion show with her naturally curly short hair. Since then, Maria has worked for the likes of Ralph Lauren, La Perla, and Versace and can be frequently spotted on and off the runways. But the Angola-born model has just signed her biggest modelling contract yet; officially becoming a spokesmodel for L'Oréal Paris.
This marks another fresh face to join the French beauty house, who have recently focused on bringing a more diverse stance to the brand. Already, they've introduced trans model Hari Nef, Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju and curve model Sabrina Karlsson to the L'Oréal team, according to nymag.
Borges explains the importance of her new role: "I believe in the beauty of diversity and the empowering message that a girl who started from the bottom can be an international beauty symbol and be living proof that our dreams are valid, and the future ahead of us is bright," she said.
We have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of this boundary-breaking model around, and here's hoping more brands will be encouraging variety, too.