With her unrestrained lust for life, our cover star Angolan supermodel Maria Borges is carefree girl goals. In 2015, she made headlines as the first Victoria’s Secret model to sport an Afro on the catwalk, a huge moment for representation in the beauty and fashion world. But despite Maria’s significant presence in the industry, L’Oréal’s spokesmodel is also one of the freest spirits out there:

 

1. She’s talented, but also really funny:

Wait for it, wait for it…

 

2. Her strut is incredible:

She radiates joie de vivre on and off the catwalk.

 

3. She’s got the moves:

She captions this post: ‘I don’t know if you guys know about Kuduro from Angola 🇦🇴 let me show you a bit 😜
“My culture my identity”‘ – and it is life.

 

4. Her thigh game is unreal:

In her Instagram bio, Maria has the line ‘The Long Legs From África’ – this is why:

“There is nowhere else like London 🇬🇧 Nothing at all, anywhere”. 🐜✊🏿

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5. She listens to Drake in a gown and slippers on a swing

We want this moment to be our lives.

Hello weekend❣️ #bomfinaldesemana #drake #🎶

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Find out more about our December covergirl as we get to know her in the next issue of Marie Claire.