Guess Who Did Amanda Gorman’s Hair for the Vogue US Cover?

by charlottegw / last updated April 15, 2021


Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman graced the cover of US Vogue looking gorgeous in Senegalese braids – but there’s an interesting story behind her hair which involves her mum.

Gorman’s Vogue spread, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz, features the writer and activist in a series of garments designed by Virgil Abloh.

Amanda is know for her Afro hair statements – she shot to internet fame after sporting a bright red Prada headband with natural hair at the inauguration of US president Joe Biden.

For her Vogue cover, make-up artist Raisa Flowers was the hands behind Amanda’s fresh, glowy skin look, and hair stylist Lacy Redway styled Gorman’s hair into shoulder-length Senegalese twists, which she pinned into a half-up style. Inside the May issue a spread also features one of Gorman’s signature statement hairpieces.

Gorman celebrated the new cover on Instagram and thanked her Vogue glam team — which included her mum, who assisted Lacy behind the scenes. “Special thanks to my mum who helped with hair on-set,” Amanda said in her caption.

What the experts think

David Corbett, David Corbett Hairdressing, Bothwell, Glasgow
“At last publications like Vogue are showcasing textured hair and showing women that hair doesn’t have to be poker straight to be beautiful or sexy. Embracing natural texture has been a trend for a few years and it’s great to see mainstream fashion media is also understanding about its beauty and authenticity. We talk to our clients about the beauty of textured hair, how to style it and how to care for it and to see it centre stage is a real bonus.”
Suzie McGill  owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston Salon, Schwarzkopf UK Ambassador and International Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International: “Amanda Gorman’s hair on the May issue of US Vogue is simply stunning. I love that the hair stylist has chosen to style Amanda’s hair in a beautiful traditional way, Senegalese twists. A type of rope twist, this hairstyle is perfect for those with Afro hair who want to make a statement. The hairstyle requires two strands of hair to be wrapped around each other in sections creating a rope like appearance and the results are that the hair is kept tightly together and smooth – perfect for those looking for a more low maintenance style. However, although this style is low maintenance it does still definitely make an impact and like Amanda, you can wear this style in many different ways, including in a half bun and  a top knot bun and also paired with hair accessories, which are incredibly on trend at the moment and can further protect the clients natural hair.  Leave in conditioners and hydrating oils and serums can be used through the twists to keep them frizz free and also nourished.”
Inanch Emir, renowned extenionist and creative director of Inanch London says: “I love this cover. It’s about time that we saw more natural hair on the front of magazines. It finally feels like there is a shift in the world so let’s keep it going!”

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