7 Runway Models Who Embrace Their Natural Hair

Joanna Elizabeth

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Published December 11, 2015

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Updated January 13, 2019

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The spring runway previews saw quite a few black models show off their natural textures on the catwalk. With many models of color talking about the pressure to straighten their locks, it appears change is hitting the industry as more models are ditching the straightening and extensions for their natural hairstyles.

Black Models with Natural Hair

Rising stars like Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam are already appearing on major covers like Teen Vogue and i-D while established models such as Ajak Deng have been rocking their afro-textures for years. Check out some natural hair inspiration below from fashion’s top black models.

Here are seven black models who sport their natural hair on and off the catwalk!

Ajak Deng

Ajak Deng. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Ajak Deng. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

Sudanese born model Ajak Deng is known for killer bone structure and cropped natural hairstyle. In the past she even went platinum blonde! Deng has walked the runways of Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Balenciaga and other top brands. This natural haired beauty has also starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Gap and Louis Vuitton.

Imaan Hammam

Imaan Hammam. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Imaan Hammam. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

Dutch model Imaan Hammam has made her natural curls a staple on the runway. In 2015, she landed her own Teen Vogue cover and her star only continues to rise. Hitting the catwalk for Chanel, Valentino and Versace, Imaan stands out with her natural hairstyle.

Karly Loyce

Karly Loyce. Photo:  Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Karly Loyce. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

A model from Martinique, Karly Loyce, had her first major advertisement when she landed a spot in Celine’s fall 2015 campaign. Sporting an afro, the natural haired beauty has gone on to walk the runway for fashion labels such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana.

Lineisy Montero

Lineisy Montero. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Lineisy Montero. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

Dominican stunner Lineisy Montero is another model who rocks an afro on the runway. She has appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue in 2015 and even landed two Prada campaigns for the same year.

Maria Borges

Maria Borges. Photo: Victoria's Secret
Maria Borges. Photo: Victoria’s Secret

Angola-born model Maria Borges made headlines when she decided to wear a natural hairstyle on the runway of the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Previously, she wore her hair straight, but it was Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci who requested she cut her hair. And we have to say it looks great!

Nykhor Paul

Nykhor Paul. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
Nykhor Paul. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

Sudanese-model Nykhor Paul is known for her short-cropped hairdo. She is another catwalk queen who has walked for leading brands like Reem Acra, Vivienne Westwood and Rick Owens.


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