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Danielle Herrington Makes 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

Danielle Herrington Makes 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover
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By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:30 PM

Danielle Herrington is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 cover model, the magazine announced Tuesday, making her the third African-American model to appear on the cover of the sports magazine's most popular issue.

Herrington, 24, was told of the honor at Sports Illustrated studios where she was surprised by former Sports Illustrated model Tyra Banks, who was the first black woman to appear on the cover. A native of Compton, California, Herrington appeared in the swimsuit edition last year posing in her first professional shoot, according to SI.

Banks appeared on the cover in 1997 and the singer Beyonce Knowles appeared on it in 2005, Sports Illustrated said.

Herrignton celebrated the moment on Twitter.

"Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model," Sports Illustrated swimsuit editor M.J. Day said in the Sports Illustrated announcement article. "She's an extra hard worker and a natural brand ambassador. All those things separately don't guarantee a cover, though.

"Danielle was a shy girl, who went from taking her first photos last year to showing up this year a completely different person. All the good things about her seemed to be magnified. She owned every single second of her shoot. She had an enthusiasm and effervescence about her — I felt like I was meeting her for the first time," Day continued.

Herrington told Fox News last year that she was so nervous about her Sports Illustrated shoot last year in Fiji that her knees shook and she felt the pressure of her first big modeling job.

"But the morning of the shoot, I woke up around 4 a.m. and I just couldn't eat," Herrington told Fox News. "I remember just having a little coffee. I was too nervous to eat… We then took a boat to a small island, which is where they shot 'Castaway.' And honestly, once we started, I felt so comfortable, super confident and sexy. We got some good shots out of it."

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