Amanda Gorman Will Be A Co-Chair At The 2021 Met Gala
The Met Gala, Vogue’s yearly fashion event that is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is returning. After pausing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gala is happening on September 13, making it the first time in 16 years that it’s not taking place on the first Monday in May. The co-chairs are younger than ever before among them are 23-year-old poet/author Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
“Met Gala here we come,” Gorman wrote on Instagram. “[H]onored to co-host alongside giants.” The additional co-chairs are multi-platinum-selling singer Billie Eilish and 25-year-old Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet.
There have only been 7 Black co-chairs since Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour began chairing the Met Gala in 1995. They are: former GAP president Patrick Robinson (2010), media mogul Oprah Winfrey (2010), singer/entrepreneur Beyoncé (2013), actor Idris Elba (2016), producer Pharrell Williams (2017), singer/entrepreneur and former Essence cover star Rihanna (2018) and athlete Serena Williams (2019).
This year’s theme/title is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and will honor contemporary American fashion.
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Gorman was the nation’s Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 and skyrocketed to stardom after delivering an original poem at the 2021 presidential inauguration in January. “Amanda Gorman is a young woman who stepped into a moment in history with enormous grace and dignity,” Oprah Winfrey in a press release sent to ESSENCE after interviewing Gorman. “I was enthralled by her youthful spirit from the first moment we met.”
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