Amanda Gorman will be the first poet to feature on Vogue with Vogue’s America’s May cover.
A few days ago, a Vogue spokesperson revealed that Amanda is the star of their May issue. She will appear in two covers, both shot by noted photographer, Annie Leibovitz and styled by Gabriella Karefa-Johnson. The young poet from Los Angeles wears a Dior Haute Couture and a Louis Vuitton Kente gown designed by Virgil Abloh. She looks gorgeous, proud, and natural on the cover of the most prestigious magazine of the fashion industry. This is the second big cover for the National Youth Poet Laureate who appeared on the cover of Time magazine’s February issue.
Gorman was introduced to the international public during the Biden inauguration ceremony, December 2020. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest poet to perform during this event, astonished the public with an energising performance of, ‘The Hill We Climb‘, a poem inspired by the recent attacks in the capital. The talented artist is now the first poet to appear on the cover of the American Vogue issue.
The poet revealed the news with an Instagram post. She shared with her followers how gratitude to be the, “first poet ever on the cover” of Vogue.
The long sit-down interview covers many different topics, from the important help received from her support system (including none other than Oprah Winfrey) and her love of Lin-Manual Miranda, to how she drew writing inspiration from Anne of Green Gables and aims to one day become president. The 23-year-old poet also spoke about the difficulties and misunderstandings she had with the American Girl doll company.
Amanda’s story is very inspiring for young women. Born and raised by a single mother she is a stunning example of persevering in the face of a challenge. Despite a speech impediment, she has become a phenomenal orator and her journey has only just started. The young poet told Vogue she wants to run for president in 2036 and she has received already “the unofficial endorsements of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.”
Since December 2020, this young lady’s life changed forever. She has been interviewed by Michelle Obama, performed at the Super Bowl, and signed a contract with IMG Models, the same organisation that represents supermodels, Gigi and Bella Hadid. Gorman’s two books, ‘The Hill We Climb: Poems’ and ‘Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,’ have reached the list of bestsellers in the US.
With many new opportunities falling in her lap, Gorman has since been enjoying her newfound popularity, but she is careful not to become too self-absorbed. During the interview, she admitted having ambivalent feelings towards being viewed as a fashion model. “When I’m part of a campaign the entity isn’t my body. It’s my voice.” She also opens on how she is wary of being held up as a role model for young women.
“I don’t want to be something that becomes a cage.” Gorman said, “To be a successful black girl you have to be ‘Amanda Gorman’ and go to Harvard. I want someone to eventually disrupt the model I have established.” Amanda confessed to having turned down approximately $17 million in deals. She does not want to be known as a fashion icon and is avoiding anything that does not align with her values and objectives. Amanda Gorman is only the beginning of what appears to be a brilliant career and we are looking forward to seeing what she will do next.