Angolan model Maria Borges has hit the runway for Victoria’s Secret, appeared on the pages of W’s February 2015 issue, and taught the world how exactly to take a selfie like a supermodel. Here, the 22-year-old shares her beauty secrets.
Your look in three looks:
Natural, classic, creative.
Every morning I wash my face with cold-filtered water—Beauty Water by Jonathan—and then I apply coconut oil as a moisturizer on my face and body.
Never leave the house without:
A lip gloss and moisturizer.
Beauty from the inside out:
You need to make peace with yourself, loving your body, loving your features and your skin, accepting who you are and what you are. The harmony will clearly show.
I’ve never have been obsessed with sports, but I like to do things that I enjoy like spinning, yoga, and zumba classes.
Green Routine shampoo and conditioner from Jonathan, Bobbi Brown foundation and face cream, MAC blush, Givenchy mascara, Victoria’s Secret lip gloss, and Chanel powder.
I exfoliate my body to get rid of dead skin, I rub an ice cube on my face before applying makeup, and I use avocado oil on my face before bed.
With my hair I am very specific: I trust the one and only hair guru Marcello Costa. I love to use Jonathan Products because is organic. We avoid relaxers and try alternatives to it. Before my blowout, I use Hydra-Curls leave in conditioner.
In-tub must read:
I enjoy Paulo Coelho; the messages in his books are personal and help you to learn life lessons.
Caudalie Vinotherapie at The Plaza.
Fragrance of choice:
Best advice from mom:
Never forget where you come from because that is who you are and always pursue your dreams.
Best advice from the pros:
As the great Edward Enninful [W’s fashion director] told me once, “no matter where you go, you should never lose your essence.”
I look up to all the great supermodels that changed the way the world saw women of color—especially, Naomi Campbell, my idol.