Amanda Gorman is far from finished speaking. National Youth Poet Laureate covers the may issue of fashion, where it opens up about his rise to fame afterwards reciting his poem, “The Hill We Climb”, at the inauguration of President Biden.
Gorman made history as the youngest inaugural poet ever and began a press tour that included appearances with a group of well-known TV presenters like James Corden, Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper. Her name became synonymous with political figures like Hillary Clinton, Michelle, and Barack Obama, and more. According to Gorman, it has all been an adventure with the help of a “people.”
“It took me a lot of work, not only in my name, but also in my family and in my town, to get here,” he admits.
The 23-year-old, who graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2020, reveals that when she was informed by Biden’s Inaugural Committee that she had been chosen to be the poet for the ceremony in late December, she was flattered and concerned. The thought of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic “terrified” her, and the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill amplified her concerns. “Not that anyone else could have done it, but if they had taken another young poet and said, ‘A five-minute poem, please, and by the way, the Capitol almost caught fire. See you later …” it would have been traumatizing, “he says.
Her mother, Joan Wicks, shares that while she encouraged her daughter to go ahead with the grand opening, she still took the danger into account. “I had Amanda practice how, in a second’s notice, I could become a body shield,” she says. In the end, a message from Oprah Winfrey became the final push that encouraged Gorman to go ahead with acting. During a virtual celebration in March for the launch of his book, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Nation, Gorman revealed that when she contacted Winfrey about her indecision, Winfrey told her, “Mask up, introduce yourself, and walk away.”
Gorman says that after the inauguration, he took a moment to reflect in his journal, writing: “I learned that it’s okay to be afraid. And what’s more, it’s okay to seek greatness. That does not make me a black hole seeking of attention. It turns me into a supernova. “
Poet Danez Smith points out that it was as if the media “did [Gorman] poetry, “in the hope of Smith” that we do not limit it to that poem. I hope we don’t think that she always has to talk to everyone. “
Gorman herself is cautious about how the media highlights her, saying, “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. I want someone to eventually. break the pattern that I have established. “
Since then, the poet has started work on her picture book, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthemand a new collection, The hill we climb and other poems, both due in September. She signed with leading modeling agency IMG Models, has written a manifesto for Nike in celebration of the legacy of black activist athletes, and read his poem, “Captains’ Choir,” to the Super Bowl LV pregame show. It wasn’t about the money, Gorman says, revealing that he has turned down offers for $ 17 million. “If you see something and it says a million dollars, you’re going to rationalize why it makes sense,” he explains. “I have to be aware of taking orders that speak to me.”