Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman is Vogue’s May cover star, and in the song, the 23-year-old shares what she’s learned from her inauguration performance, how picky she has been in choosing campaigns since signing with IMG, and what she learned from the Obamas. finds. , Hillary Clinton and Oprah.
Since taking to the stage to read her original poem, The Hill We Climb, at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, Amanda has been everywhere from star-studded panels to magazine covers to the Super Bowl.
But, she said Fashion, she doesn’t take every opportunity that comes her way, no matter how much it pays – and she’s turned down millions of dollars worth of deals that weren’t right for her.
Ta-da! Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman is Vogue’s cover star in May
Iconic: In the song, the 23-year-old shares what she learned from her inauguration performance
At the end of January, Amanda signed with the elite modeling agency IMG, which helped bring even more opportunities to her path. She already had an impressive line-up of representatives, having previously signed a contract with WME as a public speaker and with Penguin Random House as a publisher.
IMG has represented some of the world’s biggest stars – both fashion-oriented and beyond – over the decades, helping them strike deals with multiple major brands, from Dior to Ralph Lauren to Louis Vuitton.
The models have also graced the covers of countless fashion magazines, including Vogue, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar – but Amanda said each brand partnership means something more to her.
When I am part of a campaign, the entity is not my body. It’s my vote, ”Amanda told Vogue.
Still, fashion brands have sought her out after her high-profile inauguration performance, where she dazzles in a yellow Prada coat.
In fact, Amanda revealed that so many companies sent her flowers that she had an allergic reaction that sent her to the emergency room.
Famous: Ever since she took to the stage to read her original poem, The Hill We Climb, and President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration, Amanda has been everywhere
Beware: The star said she’s been picky about choosing campaigns since signing with IMG
When I am part of a campaign, the entity is not my body. It’s my voice, ”Amanda explained
But just because companies are dangling huge sums of money doesn’t mean the star is hooking them all up on their offers, and she estimates she has declined deals worth $ 17 million.
Of one she turned down, she said, “ I didn’t really look into the details because when you see something and it says a million dollars, you’re going to rationalize why that makes sense.
“I have to be aware of hiring committees that appeal to me,” she said.
In an interview with Haitian-American writer Doreen St. Félix, Amanda also looked back at the whirlwind that was Inauguration Day.
The first National Youth Poet laureate said that when she returned to her hotel later that day, she made an entry in her diary.
“I’ve learned it’s okay to be scared,” she wrote. And what’s more, it’s okay to seek greatness. That doesn’t make me a black hole that seeks attention. It makes me a supernova. ‘
Memories: The first National Youth Poet laureate said that when she returned to her hotel after the inauguration, she made a note in her diary
“I’ve learned it’s okay to be scared,” she wrote. And what’s more, it’s okay to seek greatness. That doesn’t make me a black hole that seeks attention. It makes me a supernova, ‘she wrote
Star Power: Oprah has become a mentor, but Amanda admits, ‘Every time I text Oprah, I have a mini heart attack’
Politics: She described former President Barack Obama as ‘father-like’, former First Lady Michelle as ‘cool aunt’ and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as ‘such a grandmother’
Amanda has enjoyed increasing success with assignments and fellowships over the years, and her 2015 book, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, became a bestseller after its inauguration.
This has allowed the Harvard graduate to rent a nice apartment in Los Angeles – which gives her mixed feelings.
“I’m not trying to judge myself,” she said. “If you are someone who has lived a life where certain resources were scarce, you always feel that abundance is a forbidden fruit.”
On a lighter note, Amanda also donated some of the very high profile people she has become valuable to relationships.
She described former President Barack Obama as “father-like,” former First Lady Michelle as a “cool aunt,” and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as, affectionately, “such a grandmother.”
Oprah has also become a mentor, but Amanda admits, “Every time I text Oprah, I have a mini heart attack.”
Recently, on March 26, Apple TV + debuted with a new interview with Oprah and Amanda.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has been plagued by allegations of racism over the past year, including hiring Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue.
While Amanda’s work tackles issues of race, oppression and feminism, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has been plagued by allegations of racism over the past year.
Most recently, critics turned her down for hiring Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue.
Shortly after the magazine announced the appointment, anti-Asian racist tweets from McCammond’s Twitter account, written in 2011, resurfaced.
Publishing house Conde Nast backed her up, enraged by staff that she was allowed to keep her job, saying it had sent the wrong message at a time of mounting attacks on American Asians.
They also complained that she was inexperienced, had never worked as an editor or manager, and that there were other black women within Conde Nast who could have been a better fit for the job.
They wrote an open letter demanding her replacement and also complained directly to CEO Robert Lynch.
Called Out: Last year, Vogue was called up for not hiring a black photographer to photograph Simone Biles, noting that she was not getting proper lighting
An email to staff also revealed that Anna Wintour and CEO Roger Lynch were aware of the ten-year-old racist tweets, but adopted her anyway.
McCammond eventually resigned.
In August 2020, Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles called out Vogue magazine for not hiring enough black photographers for cover shoots.
When will American Vogue perform and hire more black photographers for cover shoots? We are waiting ……. ‘she wrote.
Meanwhile, the magazine’s cover star that month was Olympian Simone Biles, who was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz – a decision thrown on social media.
Most of the criticism has come from people who object to Leibovitz’s lighting technology and accuse the photographer of not knowing how to lighten dark skin tones.
Many other Twitter users stopped by to ask Vogue to hire more black photographers – both on principle and to eliminate issues like this one.
In June, Wintour did not participate in a company-wide call to promote black staff members as well.
At the time, she released a statement saying, “ I want to say clearly that I know that Vogue hasn’t found enough ways to elevate and give space to black editors, writers, photographers, designers, and other creators. We also made mistakes by publishing images or stories that were hurtful or intolerant.
‘I take full responsibility for those mistakes. It can’t be easy being a black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you.
‘I know it’s not enough to say we’ll do better, but we’ll do – and please know that I appreciate your votes and comments as we go along. I’d love to listen and hear your feedback and your advice if you’d like to share either. ‘