Haven’t heard the name Danielle Herrington before? You better get used to seeing it around. Despite never having been on any magazine cover, the up-and-coming model just landed the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover.

In fact, she’s also made history with her new gig: She’s only the third African American woman to land the swimsuit edition cover, after Tyra Banks in 1997 and Beyoncé in 2005. “Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day said. “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.” Read on to see the cover shoot. 

Opening image: Getty Images


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