Amanda Gorman, the 23-year-old American poet who was critically acclaimed for her lecture at Joe Biden’s inauguration, has revealed that she has turned down millions of approvals because the companies don’t “ talk ” to her.
The poet signed with IMG Models days after her high-profile appearance in Washington, telling Vogue that she had since said no to “about” $ 17 million in deals.
About an offer from an unnamed brand, 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.”
She added that she “should be aware of hiring committees that appeal to me”.
Gorman is the cover star of Vogue US in May. Writing about the cover on Twitter, Gorman said she was “honored to be the first poet EVER on the cover of Vogue [and] what a joy to do that while wearing a black designer Virgil Abloh ”.
In an Instagram post, the Louis Vuitton designer said that the dress Gorman wore in one of the cover images (there are two) “was inspired by this photo my Ghanaian mother gave me of my grandmother.”
In the interview, Gorman also spoke of her ambivalent feelings about her newly anointed position as a fashion influencer. After wearing a red satin Prada headband at the January inauguration, the accessory sold out, while the poet’s yellow Prada coat led to a 1,328% increase in searches for ‘yellow jackets’, according to fashion search engine Lyst.
But, she told Vogue, she doesn’t feel completely comfortable being seen as a fashion model. “When I am part of a campaign, the entity is not my body. It’s my voice. She also said she’s wary of being seen as an example to others. ‘I don’t want to be something that becomes a cage,’ she said, ‘where you want to be a successful black girl, you have to’ Amanda Gorman ‘ and going to Harvard. I want someone eventually to disrupt the model I created. “
Gorman’s cover images were taken by photographer Annie Lebowitz, who was criticized for her recent shoot with athlete Simone Biles in August, where readers on social media said they were ‘disappointed’ with ‘how many professional photographers don’t know how to get a dark skin ”.