Every year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show brings together some of the most beautiful and highly successful fashion models to walk the runways like real runway angels for a night of glam and luxury. For the 2015 show, 47 models walked the runways at the Lexington Avenue Armory on in New York City and lots of history was made. Like Maria Borges in her natural Afro hair on the runway, Leila Nda, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid all making their runway debuts, Lily Aldridge wore the much talked about $2 million bra, Alessandra Ambrosio walked the VS Fashion Show runway for the 14th time, and there were performances from music stars Selena Gomez, the Weeknd and Ellie Goulding. But, this story isn’t to talk about just the annual event, but to draw focus to the 5 African models who walked the runway at this year’s fashion show. Let’s take a look at the models:

1. Maria Borges

Making her 3rd Victoria’s Secret appearance, this Angolan-born supermodel has so many reasons to smile. Rocking her natural short Afro look and looking like a million bucks, Maria brought that effortless glam to the runway. “I believe in the power of love, diversity & friendship,” she shared on Instagram walking alongside fellow model Gigi Hadid. “I am thankful to God for making my 3rd Victoria’s Secret appearance a moment that would help women around the world to embrace their natural beauty,” she added. Can we also add she is the first model to ever walk a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wearing her natural Afro hair? Well, she is and is definitely inspiring so many of us who come from humble beginnings. Follow her on Instagram: Maria Borges

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2. Sharam Diniz

Winner of Ford Supermodel Portugal 2009, Sharam Diniz is another stunning African model who rocked the runways at the 2015 fashion show. The Angolan-Portuguese model made her 2nd appearance on the runways and she looked so divine. “The best feeling ever, when you work hard to achieve a goal and you made it,” the model posted on her Instagram page. Follow her on InstagramSharam Diniz

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3. Candice Swanepoel

Appearing in her 9th show and leading the pack is South African model Candice Swanepoel. Officially the only African model to have ever worn the Royal Fantasy Bra worth $10,000,000, Candice’s one of the few supermodels we have out of Africa modeling doing amazing things on the international stage. This blonde bombshell looked effortlessly glamorous on the runway at the 2015 show. Follow her on Instagram: Candice Swanepoel

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4. Leila Nda

Currently signed to IMM Bruxelles in Brussels, Leila Nda is a young beauty born in Burundi. Apart from modeling, Leila is also a lawyer after getting a law degree from the University of Libres in Brussels. Rocking a cowgirlinspired look and paired with an over-the-knee high heels, Leila looked stunning as she marched down the runway showing off her killer figure. She is also an ex beauty queen winning the Miss Union Africaine 6ème Région crown. Follow her on Instagram: Leila Nda

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5. Behati Prinsloo 

Born and raised in Namibia, Behati Prinsloo is smart, beautiful and super funny. Signed to Storm Model Management, London, Behati first became the face of Victoria’s Secret sub-brandPink” and moved on to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009. This is Behati’s 9th appearance at the VSFS, and what an amazing career she has had so far, one that started after she got discovered by Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas. She is also married to Maroon 5 lead vocalist, Adam Levine. Follow her on Instagram: Behati Prinsloo

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BELOW ARE OUR TOP 15 MODELS FROM THE VSFS 2015:

1. Kendall Jenner
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2. Gigi Hadid
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3. Lais Ribeiro
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4. Leomie Anderson
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5. Alessandra Ambrosio
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6. Joan Smalls
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7. Lily Aldridge
Instagram handle: lilyaldridge

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Bra worth $2,000,000

8. Jasmine Tookes
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9. Cindy Bruna
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10. Martha Hunt
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11. Alessandra Ambrosio
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12. Gracie Carvalho
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13. Josephine Skriver
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14. Elsa Hosk
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15. Adriana Lima
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MORE PHOTOS FROM BACKSTAGE

Backstage+At+The+Victoria+Secret+Show+2015+Zen+Magazine+Africa (9)Leila Nda getting her makeup done

Backstage+At+The+Victoria+Secret+Show+2015+Zen+Magazine+Africa (9).jpgL-R: In this shot we have Jasmine Tookes, Shanina
Shaik, Sharam Diniz and Taylor Hill (Photo by Melodie Jeng)

Backstage+At+The+Victoria+Secret+Show+2015+Zen+Magazine+Africa (10).jpg Jasmine Tookes’s skin is looking flawless (Photo
by David Urbanke)

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giving us that rock star pose

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by David Urbanke)

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and Candice Swanepoel 

For more details on the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, click victoriassecret.com
Watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 on CBS on Tuesday, 8th December 2015
Source: victoriassecret.com

Photo Credits:
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Sophia Neophitou
Hair Stylist: Akki Shirakawa 
Makeup Artist: Dick Page
Casting Director: John Pfeiffer
Photography by Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris