Danielle Herrington Becomes 3rd Black Woman to Cover Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue + Gets a Surprise from Tyra Banks
Danielle Herrington is making history! The up-and-coming model serves as the cover girl for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and she becomes just the THIRD Black woman to do so, following Tyra Banks and Beyonce.
The 24-year-old Compton native’s first big photo shoot was for SI Swim last year as part of the Rookie class. She shared her happiness with her followers stating:
“I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. I am the luckiest and most grateful girl. DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE EACH OTHER. OWN IT!”
When speaking about following Beyonce and Tyra Banks she was very humbled and revealed that they are two of her biggest role models:
“Two of my role models are Tyra Banks and Beyoncé, so the fact that I get to join this incredible group of women as I become the third black model on the cover of SI Swimsuit is a dream come true. I am so excited to be part of this iconic brand that has long given identity and voice to women of all shapes, colors and beliefs. I hope that young girls who look at this cover are inspired to dream as big as I did and work hard to attain all their goals.”
Danielle also made her first runway debut during Philipp Plein’s star-studded spring 2017 show in September, which also featured 50 Cent, Adriana Lima, Rae Sremmurd and Irina Shayk.
During her appearance on GMA to debut the cover, Danielle received a surprise from Tyra Banks herself, who congratulating her:
Tyra Banks surprised Danielle Herrington on GMA, a real passing of the torch moment.
“So many little girls are looking at you and saying,’Oh my gosh, that could be me one day.'” pic.twitter.com/PH2KyYawt2
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) February 13, 2018
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