Amanda Gorman is prioritizing her poetry over profits.
In an interview with Vogue published Wednesday, the activist — who is covering the publication’s May issue — revealed that she turned down $17 million in endorsements after performing her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration.
“I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me,” she said.
In regard to turning down one massive offer from a brand, the 23-year-old revealed she “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.”
Following her star-making appearance at the inauguration, Gorman pre-taped a segment for Super Bowl LV in which she performed “Chorus of the Captains,” honoring essential workers.
When asked if she was ambivalent writing for the NFL following its treatment of Colin Kaepernick — who famously knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality — she responded, “It’s always complicated.”
“I said yes, not even for the money. I made so little money doing that shoot. I did it because of what I thought it would mean for poetry in the country, to have poetry performed, for the first time in history, at the Super Bowl.”
In an interview with People last month, the Harvard graduate elaborated on her aspirations to one day become the president of the United States.
Though she initially believed her path to office would be more “orthodox,” i.e. going to law school, the 23-year-old realizes that she can begin her political career as a poet.
“When I was at Harvard, I thought I would have to go down this kind of more orthodox path of ‘OK, so I’ll go to law school and then maybe I’ll run for local public office,’” she told the magazine.
“Now I realized that perhaps my path will be a different one, that it might be performing my poetry and touching people that way, and then entering public office from a platform that was built off of my beliefs and thoughts and ideas.”
See pictures of Amanda’s Vogue cover, below!