Although diversity in fashion is still a debatable topic in the industry, one model who’s making a grand entrance, which includes posing for CR Fashion Book and being one of the six models of color to walk in the lastest Dior show, is Maria Borges. The 20-year-old, Angola-native booked 17 shows in her first season under Supreme Management. It’s clear to see she’s already on her way to becoming supermodel status.
On walking for Marc Jacobs:
“For most of the other shows, models can arrive two hours ahead of time, but with Marc Jacobs, you can’t. The show is at 8 p.m., the call time is at 1 p.m., and you have to be there at 1 p.m. The energy is still peaceful, maybe a bit stricter. It’s also so perfect in many ways: how the clothes are tailored to the body and fitting the type of beauty for the collection. Katie Grand is the person who put me in front of Marc, and she also cast me for the shows she does in London and in Milan…”
On being compared to Naomi Campbell:
“No, I love it. I’m a big fan of Naomi Campbell. Of course, I want to have my own reputation, but Naomi was the first one to really reach a high level of fame. I want to be as successful as she is.”
On working with Riccardo Tisci:
“He looks serious, but he’s a very down-to-earth person. He’s always happy and polite, and he treats people kindly. It’s a privilege to watch so much creativity happen because I knew the history of and the luxury surrounding the label. I recently walked in the Givenchy menswear show – it was four other female models and me. It was a great experience because I never thought I would walk in a menswear show! I was confirmed a week beforehand and I wasn’t expecting it at all since I didn’t go to a casting.”
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