Almost three months after Amanda Gorman made history when President Joe Biden was inaugurated, her meteoric rise shows no signs of slowing down.
The national youth poet spoke to Vogue for its May issue, appearing in two different looks for alternate covers of the magazine. She was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in Dior Haute Couture as well as a Louis Vuitton Kente dress designed by Virgil Abloh, of Ghanaian origin.
Vogue unveiled the two covers on social media on Wednesday.
This is yet another milestone for Gorman, who noted on Instagram that she was “the first poet of all time” to appear on the cover of Vogue.
“I am eternally grateful and don’t expect to be the last,” she writes, “for what is poetry if not beauty?”
Gorman, who turned 23 last month, has been seemingly unstoppable since reading his poem “The Hill We Climb” at Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Since then, she has been interviewed by former Super Bowl-starred first lady Michelle Obama and signed a contract with IMG Models, the same agency that represents Gigi and Bella Hadid. His two books, “The Hill We Climb: Poems” and “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” topped bestseller lists across the country.
Speaking to Vogue, Gorman said she was incredibly grateful for being so well received. “It took a lot of work, not only on my part, but also on my family and my village, to get here,” she said.
Despite her success so far, the Los Angeles native said she has become much more selective about her approvals, noting that she has turned down around $ 17 million in offers. Going forward, she expects to pursue partnerships only if they align with her long-term goals – such as running for president in 2036 – and do not symbolize her black identity.
“I don’t want it to be something that becomes a cage, where to be a successful black girl you have to be Amanda Gorman and go to Harvard,” she explained. “I want someone to end up disrupting the pattern I have established.”
As for the most important thing his short ascent to fame taught him, Gorman said, “I have learned that there is nothing wrong with being afraid. And besides, it is normal to strive for greatness. “
“That doesn’t make me a black hole for attention,” she added. “It makes me a supernova.”
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