MIZANI's New Style Icons Showcase the Styling Versatility of Textured Hair

Elizabeth Jakaitis | June 20, 2016 | 10:47 AM
MARIA BORGES | Model & Style Trendsetter | Born in Luanda, Angola, Maria Borges made her runway debut in 2012, walking in 17 shows. In 2015 she made history by becoming the first black model to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show wearing her natural Afro hairstyle. She shared the moment with her followers on Instagram to overwhelming support and admiration. “Having natural hair is the most amazing thing that I choose to work with,” Maria says. “I can do everything I want with my natural hair. I can braid it, I can leave it natural and curly, I can straighten it. I can inspire other women, especially black women, to be themselves and enjoy their beauty.” | @iammariaborges
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GRACE MAHARY | Model & Athlete | Grace Mahary’s parents moved from Eritrea in East Africa to Alberta, Canada, where Grace was born and raised. A talented athlete, she originally planned for a basketball career, but in 2005 she won the Elle Canada Model Search and her modeling career took off. She walked exclusively for Givenchy in Fall 2012 and has appeared in more than 200 runway shows. “My hair tells a story every day,” Grace says. “I started to love my hair and myself as I grew up. I was an athlete and now I’m a model. I embody my natural self and try to be a positive example for women to embrace whatever they’re born with.” | @gracemahary
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HEIDY DE LA ROSA | Model | Born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, Heidy De la Rosa moved to NYC to pursue her dream of modeling. She’s known for her curly hair and energetic personality. Currently, she’s taking acting classes and has done charitable work for the Kalou Foundation with her friend Chanel Iman and for the Garden of Dreams Foundation. “I’m very versatile and my hair is too,” Heidy says. “Sometimes I like to wear my hair curly or straight, depending on what I’m wearing or how I feel. The best way to find you own style is just mixing everything up!” | @heidydelarosa
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CHANEL IMAN | Model, Actress & Philanthropist | An internationally renowned supermodel, Chanel Iman’s career skyrocketed after making her runway debut in 2006. She works with several charities including the HerShe Foundation for teen girls in foster care, the Kalou Foundation for less fortunate individuals suffering from illness or disability, and more. Chanel made her film debut in the 2016 film, Dope, which garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. “Hair is so important when it comes to being on a movie set because it brings a character to life,” Chanel says. “I love everything about changing my look, from extensions to natural hair. I also love wearing my hair really curly or really straight.” | @chaneliman
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MIZANI is taking its #FreedomToStyle campaign to the next level with the introduction of new style icons Chanel Iman, Maria Borges, Grace Mahary and Heidy De la Rosa.


These four dynamic and inspiring women express their personalities through their hairstyles, and demonstrate how hair texture can be styled in a variety of ways to suit moods and occasions. Each style icon has a unique story that reflects the #FreedomToStyle campaign, styled by MIZANI's Global Artistic Director César Ramirez. The looks he creates go beyond reflecting their individual styles by showcasing a range of styling options to suit the various roles they play. 


“The world of texture and embracing your texture is ever-growing,” Ramirez says. “We allow everyone to express themselves while maintaining the natural health of their hair.” 


Dedicated to providing a precise balance of protein and moisture, the MIZANI Haircare and Styling Collections, including new star products HD Shyne and Foam Wrap, use natural ingredients to nourish hair from within. MIZANI also help every stylist and client find the perfect product regimen through its Natural Curl Key, which provides an easy at-a-glance diagnostic for identifying your curl type.


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