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Amanda Gorman dishes on chairing the 2021 Met Gala

Amanda Gorman has detailed how her life changed overnight after reciting a poem at the inauguration of Joe Biden.

The 23-year-old poet covered the September issue of Porter Magazine as she spoke about her reading of The Hill We Climb. 

She also touched on how feels to be a co-chair of 2021’s Met Gala along with Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Timothee Chalamet. 

One to watch: Amanda Gorman revealed life changed overnight after reciting poetry at Joe Biden’s inauguration and dished on chairing the 2021 Met Gala as she covered Porter magazine

For the accompanying photoshoot, Amanda looked chic in an orange dress with her hair flowing past her shoulders. 

In another snap, she wore a striped two-piece set with tassel detailing, while another striking image saw the star don a sky-blue sequin number with a high neck. 

Speaking to the publication about inauguration recital earlier this year, she explained: ‘Although it was something that was being globally received, it still felt like a traditional poetry reading.  

New venture: She also touched on how feels to be a co-chair of 2021's Met Gala along with Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Timothee Chalamet

New venture: She also touched on how feels to be a co-chair of 2021’s Met Gala along with Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Timothee Chalamet 

She said of her recital: 'I remember stepping up and hearing the applause and, to my ears, it just sounded like a living room. It felt like I was getting up to recite for family'

She said of her recital: ‘I remember stepping up and hearing the applause and, to my ears, it just sounded like a living room. It felt like I was getting up to recite for family’ 

‘I remember stepping up and hearing the applause and, to my ears, it just sounded like a living room. It felt like I was getting up to recite for family.’

Even though Oprah Winfrey warned her that the recital would change her life, the attention she received after the event still came as a shock to her, she said: ‘I had a bet with one of my friends about how many new followers I might get…

Beautiful: Amanda appears on the cover of Porter magazine's September edition

 Beautiful: Amanda appears on the cover of Porter magazine’s September edition 

‘I was like, “a hundred thousand max”. I looked afterwards and it was millions.’

She became something a style icon after the reading, thanks to a sunshine yellow Prada coat paired with a red silky headband.  

At the event, she paid homage to her black heritage by wearing her hair in braids, and she said of this choice: ‘I made the intentional choice to wear my hair natural, to wear braids, to wear a headband as a point of pride’ 

She continued: ‘I love clothing that feels young and vibrant and hopeful, but also thoughtful and pensive.’ 

The activist will be co-chairing the Met Gala this year, which is arguably one of the biggest and most important dates in the fashion calendar. 

The annual fundraiser was pushed back from May to on September 13 owing to the pandemic.

She will be chairing alongside other Generation-Z icons, such as Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish and Naomi Osaka.  

Iconic: The 23-year-old poet recited The Hill We Climb at Biden's inauguration (pictured), and became something a style icon after the reading, thanks to a sunshine yellow Prada coat

Iconic: The 23-year-old poet recited The Hill We Climb at Biden’s inauguration (pictured), and became something a style icon after the reading, thanks to a sunshine yellow Prada coat

She said in the interview that Anna Wintour, who runs the star studded event in New York, zoomed her personally and that she finds it ‘unifying’ that they’re all co-chairing together. 

She said: ‘There is something unifying in us being young and fresh-faced but, at the same time, we have become somewhat emblematic of our industries. 

‘We are the new generation – and you’d better watch out.’

She believes that the connection between fashion and poetry is something which often goes unseen, and hopes to see more people from her profession grace red carpets and fashion events alike.  

Amanda is currently grappling with her new found fame and lack of anonymity, saying: ‘Finding out how to be a fly on the wall, when I’ve actually become the bull in the china shop, is new.’  

She is now preparing for the release of her upcoming children’s book Change Sings, which will be out in September. 

Celebrity: She is currently grappling with her new found fame, saying: 'Finding out how to be a fly on the wall, when I’ve actually become the bull in the china shop, is new'

Celebrity: She is currently grappling with her new found fame, saying: ‘Finding out how to be a fly on the wall, when I’ve actually become the bull in the china shop, is new’

To see the full interview with Amanda Gorman visit Porter and/or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android.  


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