Amanda Gorman seems to be the name on everyone’s lips after she dazzled the country with her performance at the Biden-Harris inauguration.
Just a week later, the young poet laureate has become a bestselling author, with millions of people waiting for her unreleased book, and has signed with IMG Models to become one of the faces of the famous agency.
Gorman is scheduled to release two books in September, The Hill We Climb: Poems, and Change Slings: A Children’s Anthem. A special hardcover edition of The Hill We Climb will also see the light in the months to come.
Within two days of her inauguration recital, they all shot up to the top of the bestseller list on Amazon, as well as Barnes & Nobles. Gorman took to Twitter that day to express her gratitude saying, “I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: ‘For words alone are certain good: Sing, then’”
I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: "For words alone are certain good: Sing, then"
— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) January 20, 2021
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Harvard grads’ endeavors now stretched to modeling, focusing on brand endorsements and editorial opportunities.
The day after the inauguration, Gorman went on Good Morning America, where she received a special congratulation from the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“Keep changing the world, one word at a time.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 21, 2021
“The right words in the right order can change the world, and you proved that yesterday with your brilliant piece. I’m so incredibly proud of you, and I can’t wait to see what you write next. Keep changing the world, one word at a time. You smashed it!” Lin-Miranda added.
No stranger to style, during her interviews, she wore Chanel, and at the inauguration, Prada. Oprah Winfrey had gifted her a jacket that Maya Angelou wore on Bill Clinton’s address. Since Gorman had already picked out a coat she liked, Winfrey gave her jewelry instead.
The ring she wore was of a caged bird to symbolize Angelou’s famous poem, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ according to Gayle King’s CBS News’ live broadcast on that day.
This has been an undoubtedly huge week for the young poet laureate, and it seems it is just the beginning of a very long and fruitful career. In the same manner that she took the nation by storm on Inauguration day, Gorman is sure to make modern-day history.