Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models
Amanda Gorman, who made headlines nationwide last week when she became the youngest known inaugural poet in U.S. history, has inked an agreement with IMG Models.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, as part of the deal, the leading modeling agency will work to secure editorial opportunities for the poet as well as brand endorsements.
Gorman, 22, drew widespread acclaim with her reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” shortly after President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office on Wednesday.
Former President Obama said Gorman’s poem “more than met the moment” in a message lauding her work on Twitter after the ceremony.
“Young people like her are proof that ‘there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it,’” he wrote.
On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that “there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.” pic.twitter.com/mbywtvjtEH
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021
“I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @amandascgorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I,” Oprah Winfrey posted on Instagram.
Less than a day after the inauguration, two of Gorman’s books, “The Hill We Climb” and “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” surged to the top of Amazon’s bestselling list.
As of Monday evening, five days after the ceremony, the books still hold the two top spots on the list.
She also received a job offer from Morgan State University President David Wilson to come to the historically Black school’s campus as a poet in residence.
“We have all kinds of authors on campus, and we think that being at Morgan for a year would give her an even deeper and wider perspective on the issues she is addressing. If she would accept this offer, I would move on it in a heartbeat,” he said. “I will be watching my emails.”
In 2017, Gorman, who was 19 at the time, became the nation’s first national youth poet laureate.
She published her first book in 2015, titled “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough.”
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