Sunday, October 2, 2022

Danielle Herrington to Grace Cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue (LOOK!)

*Compton, Calif., native Danielle Herrington will be the third black woman to be featured on the cover of the “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issue, joining Tyra Banks (’96 and ’97) and Beyoncé (’07).

There’s a theme here: only light/Eurocentric black women are allowed on SI’s cover. 

As noted by USA Today, the 24-year-old first appeared in the magazine’s swimsuit issue last year. SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day called Herrington a “natural brand ambassador.” 

SI shared an Instagram video of Herrington learning from Banks that she was on the 2018 cover. 

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THANK YOU @si_swimsuit for having me on your COVER. This is my first cover ever and I am beyond speechless! I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! To @mj_day and your amazing team at @si_swimsuit #FamilyForever, thank you! To my my parents, family and friends, I LOVE YOU, thank you! To my agent @sandrasperka thank you for not only being the best agent, but also my mentor and friend! To @bodybymato for supporting me for the last 2 years and always being there for me! To my agency @women360mgmt you guys are the bomb! I am the luckiest and most grateful girl DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE EACH OTHER. OWN IT!

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“I can’t even believe I’m saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model,” Herrington told SI. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I’m emotional, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me. I put in so much work for this, and I’m feeling very accomplished, happy and excited.”

While at ‘GMA‘, she received a very special message from predecessor and pioneer Banks:

So many little girls are looking at you and saying, “Oh, my gosh, that could be me one day.” There are so many people telling little girls that look like us that we’re not good enough and that we can’t achieve our goals. But by them looking at me back in the day and looking at you now, you are the living embodiment to say that dreams do come true.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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