Her stylist, Jason Bolden, (whose other clients include Cynthia Erivo, Taraji P. Henson and Alicia Keys) commented on her post on Instagram, writing, “Everyday Just Being Black….. will it ever change?” To which Amanda replied, “everyday just being that black iconic threat.”
Lily Collins wrote, “Keep being the constant light you are,” while Annasophia Robb asked, “Who is this mf?! I wanna track him dowwwwwn!”
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor also weighed in and wrote on Twitter, “Amanda Gorman’s experience is that of so many black people. Happy she made it home safely. So many others don’t.”
Amanda is the youngest Inaugural poet and used her platform in January to speak about the change she wants to see in America after watching the riot at the Capitol just two weeks prior. “We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one,” she said in her poem. “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Get to know more about Amanda here.