Amanda Gorman Is A Literary 'Supernova' On Vogue's May Cover
Almost three months after Amanda Gorman made history on President Joe Biden's inauguration, her meteoric rise shows no sign of slowing.
The national award-winning young poet sat down with Vogue for the May issue and appeared in two different looks for alternative covers for the magazine. She was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in Dior haute couture as well as a Louis Vuitton Kente dress designed by Virgil Abloh, who is of Ghanaian descent.
Vogue posted both covers on social media on Wednesday.
. @ TheAmandaGorman is our May cover star!
Poet, activist, optimist, style icon - Gorman has become so much more than a literary star. Get to know the phenomenon: https://t.co/7Zkxcy0i4q pic.twitter.com/mbjacqdlOt
- Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) April 7, 2021
This is another milestone for Gorman, who noted on Instagram that she was "the first ever female poet" to appear on Vogue's cover.
"I am forever grateful and do not expect to be the last," she wrote, "what is poetry if not beauty?"
Gorman, who turned 23 last month, has apparently been unstoppable since reading her poem "The Hill We Climb" at Biden's inauguration on January 20th. She has since been interviewed by former first lady Michelle Obama, who appeared in the Super Bowl, and signed a deal with IMG Models, the same agency that represents Gigi and Bella Hadid. Her two books "The Hill We Climb: Poems" and "Change Sings: A Children's Hymn" have top seller lists nationwide.
Speaking to Vogue, Gorman said she was incredibly grateful that she was so well received. "It took so much work, not just for me, but also for my family and my village to get here," she said.
Despite her success to date, the Los Angeles native said she had become much more selective about her endorsements, noting that she turned down offers valued at an estimated $ 17 million. Looking to the future, she assumes that she will only enter into partnerships if they are in line with her long-term goals - for example as president in 2036 - and do not symbolize her black identity.
"I don't want it to become something that becomes a cage. To be a successful black girl, you have to be Amanda Gorman and go to Harvard," said Amanda Gorman. (Photo: Annie Leibowitz / Vogue)
"I don't want it to become something that becomes a cage. To be a successful black girl, you have to be Amanda Gorman and go to Harvard," she explained. "I would like someone to disrupt the model I have established at some point."
On the most important thing her brief rise to fame taught her, Gorman said, "I've learned that it's okay to be afraid. And besides, it's okay to look for size."
"That doesn't make me a black hole seeking attention," she added. "It makes me a supernova."
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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