Amanda Gorman Has Turned Down Million-Dollar Deals Since Her Inauguration Speech

While President Joe Biden's inauguration featured performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and J.Lo, there is one name who still has everyone talking: Amanda Gorman.

Gorman, who was the youngest poet to ever perform at an inauguration, is now gracing the cover of Vogue's May issue (and making history *again* as the first poet on the cover of the magazine). The National Youth Poet Laureate opened up to the fashion publication about all the opportunities that have arisen since she read her poem, "The Hill We Climb."

Gorman shared the cover shot on her Instagram, saying, "The first poet ever on the cover of @voguemagazine . I am eternally grateful & do not expect to be the last—for what is poetry if not beauty?"

And it seems Vogue aren't the only ones trying to collaborate with the 23-year-old. Gorman revealed that she was in talks with IMG Models long before her internet-breaking speech, but following the inauguration, she has had to say "no" to deals totaling around $17 million.

With regards to one offer, she said, "I didn’t really look at the details...because if you see something and it says a million dollars, you’re going to rationalize why that makes sense." However, Gorman is focused on achieving her personal goals, adding, "I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me." The writer even told the magazine that she hopes to run for president one day, and she already has the unofficial endorsement of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama (sounds casual).

The author and activist is seen on the new cover wearing a dress by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh, who fashioned the look after a gown worn by his Ghanaian grandmother. Gorman was styled by Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, with hair by Lacy Redway and makeup by Raisa Flowers. The shots were taken by Annie Leibovitz.

We can't wait to see what she does next.

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Joel Calfee

Associate Editor, News and Entertainment

Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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