Congratulations to Danielle Herrington who has been announced as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model for 2018, becoming the third black woman to appear on the cover since the annual issue launched in 1964.
The 24-year-old from Compton, California, is the first black model to appear on the Swimsuit cover in 11 years and only the third all-time. Superstar singer Beyoncé fronted the 2007 issue, 10 years after Tyra Banks became the first black model to grace the cover.
For her cover shoot, which took place in the Bahamas, Herrington sported a pink knit string bikini (pictured above).
But who is Danielle Herrington? Landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is a surefire way to become a superstar, so we’ve rounded up some details about Herrington to help you get to know her.
She was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie class in 2017 and magazine editor MJ Day said that she was a “shy girl” on set of her first SI shoot, but this year she was a “completely different person” while shooting in the Caribbean.
Herrington hails from Compton, California, but she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Covering the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue isn’t her first big gig. The model has also posed for the 2018 CR Girls Calendar, walked in designer Philipp Plein’s shows and appeared in the pages of GQ.
She can’t believe that she landed the Swimsuit issue cover. Herrington opened up to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit about snagging the enviable gig. “”I can’t even believe I’m saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model,” Herrington said. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I’m emotional, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me. I put in so much work for this, and I’m feeling very accomplished, happy and excited.”
Here is what she posted on Instagram