Angolan Supermodel Maria Borges joins 6 of the World's New-School Supermodels; Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Elsa Hosk, Candice Huffine and Jasmine Tookes, for an appearance on Elle Magazine US May Issue. These Supermodels are not just killing it on and off the Runway, but they are dominating the spotlight, the streets and social media with their amazingly catchy personalities. See more of the Supermodel Cover Stars after the cut...
On her role models: "I was watching an Alaïa show from the '90s, and it's Naomi [Campbell], Cindy [Crawford], Linda [Evangelista]—the way they were radiating was beautiful. They were so confident. Those are the people I look up to."
On the power of representation: "The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race. When I was growing up, I never saw someone like me, and now the other girls can see someone like them. It's all about inspiration."
On learning from failure: "When I came to New York [at] 20, I didn't know the level of professionalism required. You can't half-ass it, because people will take your place. I screwed up many times and had to prove myself over seven years."
On her passion project: "My goal has always been to create my own beauty line. I have such a unique skin tone—when I go on set, makeup artists have to use all different mixes of makeup to match my skin. I'dlove to do a line that has tones for everybody."
On finding your voice: "Women have to come together in a way we haven't before. We're united and not standing for less than we deserve. It's about celebrating who we are and not backing down. It's not a time to be quiet."
On industry misconceptions: "People think it's all fun and glamorous, but it's a lot of work, a lack of sleep, and a lot of being by yourself, away from family. Traveling the world alone when you're 18or 19 is a lot."
Their backstories may vary, but these six top models have plenty in common: good genes, professional discipline, and the kind of star power and charisma that jump through the lens and stop fashion lovers in their tracks.
In ELLE's May issue, on newsstands everywhere April 18, these six stunners light up every page they're on.
Photographed by Terry Tsiolis
stylist by Samira Nasr.