Danielle Herrington is the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model: ‘It’s a dream come true’

Danielle Herrington is the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model: ‘It’s a dream come true’

Danielle Herrington made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut as a rookie in 2017. One year later: She’s on the cover.

The 24-year-old model from Compton, California, received the surprise of a lifetime when SI Swim legend Tyra Banks greeted her at the Sports Illustrated office with her 2018 cover. Herrington traveled to the Bahamas for her shoot and poses in a hot pink Ola Vida string bikini on the cover.

Herrington is the third black woman to cover SI Swim since the franchise began in 1964, following in the footsteps of Banks, who first covered the magazine alongside Valeria Mazza in 1996, followed by a solo cover in 1997Beyoncé landed the coveted spot in 2007, photographed by Cliff Watts in a variety of House of Deréon swimsuits.

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