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Poet Amanda Gorman featured on the cover of Vogue

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The 23-year-old youth poet laureate, who shot to fame following President Joe Biden's inauguration, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the May issue.

Poet Amanda Gorman has another accolade to her name: She's the first poet to be featured on a cover for Vogue.

The garment's vibrant pattern is inspired by African textiles and was designed by Virgil Abloh -- Louis Vuitton's first Black artistic director.

"The first poet ever on the cover of @voguemagazine.

I am eternally grateful & do not expect to be the last—for what is poetry if not beauty?" Gorman wrote in an Instagram post.

"What a joy to do this cover while wearing a piece designed by groundbreaking Black designer @virgilabloh that honors my heritage. "

Gorman shot to fame following her powerful reading of her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration in January.

She quickly signed with IMG models; graced the February cover of Time; and made a series of public appearances, including an International Women's Day panel with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and supermodel Chrissy Teigen.

In September, Gorman will release two books -- a collection of her poetry, "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems" and a kid's picture book "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem" -- which have already topped the bestseller lists on Amazon.

"It took so much labor, not only on behalf of me, but also of my family and of my village, to get here," Gorman told Vogue.

"This is called the Rise of Amanda Gorman," she wrote on Instagram, "but it is truly for all of you, both named and unseen, who lift me up. "

She told CNN's Anderson Cooper following her inauguration appearance that she has a mantra she repeats to herself before every reading.

Following her Inauguration Day reading, she wrote in her journal: "I've learned that it's okay to be afraid.

That does not make me a black hole seeking attention.

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