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It wasn’t just Gorman’s extraordinary way with words, her poise, her crystal-clear oration, or even the essential lyricism of her poetry that made the world sit up and take notice when she spoke on Inauguration Day, but also the profound care and thoughtfulness in how she presented herself. After all, Gorman thinks of herself as much a performer as she is a poet. “The Adanashirt – Official BU Baylor Bears1 2021 Basketball National Champions Screen Space Dye1 Shirt idea that I would have to recite this poem in front of other people was daunting, but also a really powerful and important and beautiful part of it too,” she said in an interview with Vogue on the eve of her inaugural reading back in January. “The oration of poetry I consider to be its own art form and tradition.” Image may contain Clothing Apparel Premiere Red Carpet Fashion Red Carpet Premiere Human and Person Amanda Gorman attends the Women In The World Summit in New York City, April 2019. Meanwhile, Gorman also noted the symbolism of her buttercup yellow coat—a nod to Dr. Jill Biden, who recommended Gorman for the gig and had complimented the yellow outfit Gorman wore when she first discovered her—as well as the Oprah-gifted jewelry featuring a caged bird in reference to Gorman’s forebear, Maya Angelou, who delivered a poem at the Clinton inauguration in 1993. “I’m glad we can talk about the fashion, because it has so much meaning to me, and it’s my way to lean into the history that came before me and all the people supporting me,” Gorman added at the time.