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Entertainment Why Amanda Gorman has declined '$22m in deals' since star turn at US inauguration

05:31  08 april  2021
05:31  08 april  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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  European publishers agonise over profile of Amanda Gorman translators Poet Amanda Gorman made her name with a call for unity within the United States, but the job of translating her work in Europe has sparked divisive debate. "To put our future first, we must first put our differences aside," the 23-year-old recited in her now-iconic performance at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in January. But in Europe, it has been hard to ignore people's differences when it comes to translating that poem, "The Hill We"To put our future first, we must first put our differences aside," the 23-year-old recited in her now-iconic performance at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in January.

Amanda Gorman, the poet whose recital at Joe Biden's inauguration was praised worldwide, is now enjoying the kind of fame we usually witness among movie stars.

a young boy wearing a costume: Gorman pictured during her recital of 'The Hill We Climb' at the inauguration. © AP Gorman pictured during her recital of 'The Hill We Climb' at the inauguration.

Since her performance at the January 21 event — which was followed by the Super Bowl in February — the prolific 23-year-old has seen her books rocket to the top of bestseller lists and signed a modelling contract with major agency IMG.

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Her rising profile has been lucrative, too; speaking to US Vogue, Gorman estimates she's turned down $17 million (around AUD $22m) in endorsement offers in recent months.

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"I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me," she tells the magazine, which features the former national youth poet laureate on its May cover.

One brand, which Gorman didn't name, offered her a million dollars.

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"I didn't really look at the details, because if you see something and it says a million dollars, you're going to rationalise why that makes sense," she explains.

The writer has also become something of a style icon, but it's a label she's not entirely comfortable with.

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Though her contract with IMG was announced days after the inauguration — as was Kamala Harris' stepdaughter Ella Emhoff's — Gorman says the deal had been in train "long" before the event.

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"When I'm part of a campaign the entity isn't my body. It's my voice," she tells writer Doreen St. Félix.

However, there's no denying her natural style influence; Gorman has sparked a buying frenzy more than once, thanks to her eye-catching outfits.

The red Prada headband she wore for the inauguration sold out, as did the yellow one she recently wore on Good Morning America.

The braided yellow 'Amanda' headband had been created in her name by label Alameda Turquesa, selling out within 24 hours of the TV spot, according to Hello magazine.

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Gorman's profile in Vogue sees her wearing an array of glorious designer gowns — and making history (once more) as the first poet to grace the cover of the fashion bible.

"Honored to be the first poet EVER on the cover of @voguemagazine , & what a joy to do so while wearing a Black designer, @virgilabloh," she said, tweeting the images of the dual covers.

"This is called the Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it's truly for all of you, both named & unseen, who lift me up."

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The Vogue cover is the latest in a series of 'firsts' Gorman has achieved.

In 2017 she became the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. This year, she became the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration and the first to perform at the Super Bowl.

Gorman has said she hopes to become US president, so there could well be another 'first' on the horizon...

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