Victoria’s Secret Is Finally Celebrating Natural Curls & We Are Here For It

Remember the notion that “Victoria’s Secret hair ” only consisted of straight, super-long waves? Well, that was so two years ago. Ever since Maria Borges strutted down the runway with her beautiful 4c Afro, the lingerie brand has included more models with natural curls, coils, and kinks. In 2015, it was just Borges. In 2016, there were three models. This year, we’re counting at least nine.

Now, that’s not to say that Victoria’s Secret is a shining beacon of diversity. We’d still very much like to see the plus-size and trans community reflected on the runway… and that’s just scratching the surface of possibilities. The show is all about fantasy — and our fantasy would be seeing all forms of beauty celebrated. Still, the progress is worth noting.

While we cross our fingers for the stats to quadruple this time next year, take a look at the best natural hair on the runway, ahead.

“Victoria’s Secret didn’t request for me to [wear my natural hair] — I requested to do that,” Borges told Refinery29 earlier this summer. “I never thought that they’d accept it, but I’m glad they did.”

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/Victoria’s Secret.

Borges tells us that Herieth Paul (pictured, left, with Grace Bol) actually thanked her for wearing her natural hair on the VS runway.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Victoria’s Secret.

Samile Bermannelli and Alecia Morais don’t even need wings — their defined ‘fros are angelic enough.

“If girls have got great curly hair, we’re not blowing them out,” lead hairstylist Anthony Turner told Popsugar backstage. “We are just enhancing what they’ve already got and making it a better version.” Case in point: Alanna Arrington’s perfect shag.

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Victoria’s Secret.

Want your hair to stand at attention like Jourdana Phillips’? Deep condition to bring your curls out from hiding, then stretch your curls at the root with a blowdryer.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/Victoria’s Secret.

Or, if you don’t want to manipulate your hair too much, let it air dry to show off your texture (like Amilna Estevao’s).

Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images.

While Aiden Curtiss says that she actually prefers wearing her hair straight, she told Popsugar that she loves that VS is supporting women who wear their hair natural — and the change it represents. “A lot of Black girls or mixed girls feel like they have to have a certain look, like Eurocentric,” she told the publication. “At least for me, growing up, I felt like I should have straight hair and I still kind of feel it because I have been brought up that looking like that is beautiful.”

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Victoria’s Secret.

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