Danielle Herrington: 5 Facts about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Star She was born in Compton, Cali., but now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her first walk down the runway was during Philipp Plein’s star-studded spring 2017 show in September. Herrington, 24, idolized Tyra Banks growing up. She was a part of SI Swimsuit's rookie class last year. Herrington becomes just the third black woman to appear on the cover of the magazine, joining Banks (1997) and Beyoncé (2007). The cover photo was shot
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Twenty-four-year-old Danielle Herrington made history this week when Sports Illustrated announced her as the 2018 SI swimsuit cover model.
Herrington attended John Casablancas’ modeling school when she was around 10 or 11 years old and started modeling at age 13, but remained focused on school until 2015, when she took on a gig for a Seventeen magazine back-to-school bash.
Her portfolio includes some big brands.
According to BuzzFeed, Herrington has modeled for Guess, Juicy Couture and made her New York Fashion Week debut by walking in Philip Plein’s Spring 2017 show.
This isn’t Herrington’s first rodeo with Sports Illustrated.
The model was part of the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 Rookie Class, which she described as “a dream come true.” Editor MJ Day called Herrington a "natural brand ambassador."Past rookies have included Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen.