The Significance of Amanda Gorman’s Khiry Crown on Time

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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman appears to be wearing a crown on the February cover of Time, for which she was photographed by Awol Erizku and interviewed by the one and only Michelle Obama. But actually, that “crown” is Khiry’s Khartoum Torc Embellished choker necklace, reimagined creatively by stylists Jason Bolden and John Mumblo for the shoot. It was a subtle nod to Maya Angelou portraiture, where the poet inhabits and owns her space. Her golden “crown” might remind you of the bright red Prada headband she wore atop her braids when she recited “The Hill We Climb” on Jan. 20. You wouldn’t be far off.

“I loved her inauguration look and thought the [Time jewelry look] was such a fun and creative evolution of that. I think all who took in Amanda’s work on Inauguration Day were mesmerized by her mastery of poetic form, so this cover was a moment of coronation for an artist on the rise….

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