OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Maria Borges is a 24-year-old Angolan model who was discovered in 2010 by an agent during the Elite Model Look Angola contest. In 2012, she was signed to Supreme Agency and shortly after, during her first Fashion Week season, walked in 17 runway shows.

Forbes named Borges “Africa’s Top Model” by Forbes in 2013, and in the same year, Givenchy commissioned her to walk exclusively for the fashion house which propelled her career. In November 2015, she made history by being the first black model to wear her natural afro down the runway in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion show. To date, she has featured in eight international ad campaigns, and in almost 60 runway shows from Dior to Yeezy. Borges is the new face of L'Oréal Paris and Vogue Italia named her as one of the Top 50 Black Models of 2016. The statuesque beauty continues to grace the pages of different publications, and captivates her 331,000 followers with gorgeous, glamour shots surrounded by fashion elites.



Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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