America’s youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman has signed with IMG — one of the world’s biggest modeling agencies.
Gorman blew the world away when she performed her breathtaking poem “The Hill We Climb,” at last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Following Inauguration Day, Gorman went from just 7,000 Twitter followers to 1.4 million. On Instagram, she currently has 3.2 million followers. Still, she remains humble even after her meteoric rise to success.
“I’m not saying I’m better than anyone else, but I was called by the Bidens for a reason, and this moment has called me for a reason, so all I can do is show up and do my absolute best,” she told Vogue. “That’s all I can ask of myself.”
On Wednesday morning, “Good Morning America” confirmed that inaugural poet Amanda Gorman would also be taking part in Super Bowl LV as part of the Super Bowl LV pregame show.
Gorman first rose to prominence when she named the first U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. She says that it’s essential that her poetry has “purpose.”
“The climate of not only the pandemic but also racial tension in the United States and political tension have added a new layer of responsibility in my own work. It’s not enough for me, even in my own life, to just write poetry about red wheelbarrows or a tree, though I can and sometimes I do. I have to interweave my poetry with purpose. For me, that purpose is to help people, and to shed a light on issues that have far too long been in the darkness.