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Amanda Gorman wore a colorful dress inspired by designer Virgil Abloh's African heritage on the cover of Vogue

Business Insider India logoBusiness Insider India 07-04-2021 Samantha Grindell
a person holding a sign: Amanda Gorman wore a colorful dress inspired by designer Virgil Abloh's African heritage on the cover of Vogue © Annie Leibovitz/Vogue Amanda Gorman wore a colorful dress inspired by designer Virgil Abloh's African heritage on the cover of Vogue
  • As Vogue's May cover star, Amanda Gorman is the first poet to be featured on the magazine's cover.
  • Gorman posed for two covers, stunning in two floor-length dresses.
  • One of the gowns was inspired by designer Virgil Abloh's African heritage.

Amanda Gorman just made history again.

Gorman, who is the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate and the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl, is Vogue's May cover star.

The 23-year-old Harvard graduate skyrocketed to fame after reading her original poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the Biden-Harris inauguration on January 20.

She's done countless television interviews and speaking engagements, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the months since the inauguration.

And now, she's the first poet to be a Vogue cover star, according to her Instagram.

The magazine released two covers of Gorman on Wednesday, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Doreen St. Félix profiled Gorman for the magazine.

a person standing in front of a sign © Annie Leibovitz/Vogue

In the first cover, Gorman wore a Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh dress. The dress was inspired by Abloh's African heritage, as stated in the Vogue spread.

Abloh was inspired to design the one-shoulder dress after his mother showed him a photo of his Ghanaian grandmother, according to his Instagram. The colorful gown had a leg slit and chunky belt.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Vogue's fashion editor, paired the meaningful garment with sandals from Tory Burch, ear cuffs that were placed in Gorman's hair from Auvere, and hair charms from Khems Designs.

Gorman wore a floor-length dress in the second cover, too.

text © Annie Leibovitz/Vogue

The sheer Dior Haute Couture dress was covered in intricate patterns.

Gorman wore the gown with a coordinating Dior Haute Couture headband and Tory Burch sandals.

Lacy Redway did Gorman's hair for the shoot, and Raisa Flowers did the poet's makeup.

In the feature, Gorman discussed everything from her inaugural poem to her newfound social-media fame. Gorman has 3.7 million Instagram followers at the time of writing.

Vogue's May 2021 issue will be available on newsstands on April 20.

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