HERStory: Danielle Herrington Becomes Third Black Woman To Cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

by Olivia Butler

February 13, 2018

Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Danielle Herrington has just joined the likes of Tyra Banks and Beyoncé by becoming the third African American model to cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit since it launched in 1964!

Beyonce Knowles during 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Party at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

The magazine revealed its swimsuit edition cover Tuesday and surprised the young model with the cutest cover reveal ever! Check it out below!

So who is Danielle Herrington?

The 24-year-old first appeared in the magazine’s swimsuit issue last year, and she was photographed this year wearing a pink bikini at Harbour Island, Bahamas. SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day called Herrington a “natural brand ambassador,” as reported by USA Today. She is from Compton California, and according to her she had a “pretty normal” childhood.

THANK YOU @si_swimsuit for having me on your COVER. This is my first cover ever and I am beyond speechless! I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! To @mj_day and your amazing team at @si_swimsuit #FamilyForever, thank you! To my my parents, family and friends, I LOVE YOU, thank you! To my agent @sandrasperka thank you for not only being the best agent, but also my mentor and friend! To @bodybymato for supporting me for the last 2 years and always being there for me! To my agency @women360mgmt you guys are the bomb! I am the luckiest and most grateful girl DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE EACH OTHER. OWN IT!

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This is a major win for black girls everywhere and a great look during Black History Month. Congratulations Danielle!

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