Author Amanda Gorman who delivered a phenomenal message in her poem title The Hill We Climb during President Joe Biden’s inauguration has graced the cover of Vogue. Since the inauguration, the 23-year-old has been offered brand endorsements that she admitted she has turned down following advice from talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Amanda Gorman explained why she doesn’t read details of some of the proposals and why she turned down millions in endorsements. The poet revealed that she turned down $17 million in endorsements because they didn’t create the kind of content that supported her vision, adding that she has to be aware of taking commissions that speak to her.
“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,” Gorman told Vogue. “I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me.”
In March Gorman did an interview with Oprah Winfrey on “The Oprah Conversation” where she reflected on the advice, she received from the talk show host when she told her “be wary of other people’s agendas, because they have them”. She also talked about how she had to decline offers and not open some of her emails to avoid battling decisions about walking away from deals. Although the poet admitted that saying no is not easy, she wants people to know that her journey is not about a moment, it’s about a legacy.
“For me, it’s believing this isn’t about a moment. It’s about a legacy. It’s so much grander than any one murmur or any one project, and actually, no is going to be one of my greatest instruments in that journey,” Gorman told Winfrey.
Amanda Gorman born and raised in Los Angeles,California graced the cover of Time magazine in February 2021. She released two projects The Hill We Climb and Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem in March which has debuted at the top of the New York Times best seller’s list for two weeks in a row. In April 2017, the Harvard graduate became the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.