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“Thank you @elleusa for this great opportunity,” she said on Instagram Wednesday.
“It’s an honor to be on the cover of the AMERICAN ELLE, feeling beautiful and rocking my afro!”
Inside the pages of the glossy, the Angola-born star shared an inspiring message of why her cover is so sentimental.
“The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of colour or race,” she told Elle. “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.”
Angola is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa and is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to west. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.
Although its territory has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Era, what is now the modern country of Angola was influenced by Portuguese colonisation, which began with, and was for centuries limited to, coastal settlements and trading posts established beginning in the 16th century. In the 19th century, European settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. As a Portuguese colony, Angola did not encompass its present borders until the early 20th century, following resistance by groups such as the Cuamato, the Kwanyama and the Mbunda. Independence was achieved in 1975 under a communist one-party state backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba after a protracted anti-colonial struggle. However, the country soon descended into an even lengthier civil war that lasted until 2002. It has since become a relatively stable unitary presidential republic. (Wikipedia)
Other cover stars include Jasmine Tookes, Bella Hadid, Candice Huffine, Hailey Baldwin and Elsa Hosk.
But this isn’t the first time Borges has made history for black women in fashion.
Back in 2015, she proudly flaunted her short, natural hair on the Victoria’s Secret runway, a first for the lingerie retailer’s annual show.
“I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” she told entertainment blogger B. Scott following the show. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”
“Since I’ve gone natural, I feel younger and fresher,” the catwalk star later told i-D magazine in August 2015. “With my short hair I don’t feel like I need makeup — maybe I’ll use a little foundation, but I’ll skip blush or lipstick.”
Back in 1997, Sudanese model Alek Wek was the first black model to ever be on an American Elle cover, which reportedly was seen as a “huge risk” for the publication. At the time, it was believed magazines featuring models of colour wouldn’t sell. However, this issue went on to gross record numbers, according to Fashion Bomb Daily.
Thankfully, fashion has come a long way since then. And models who are breaking the norm are aware of the impact and importance of their work.
“I showed women they don’t have to look one way to feel beautiful,” Borges told Glamour last year. “Be you and showcase your beauty.”