Danielle Herrington Just Became The Third Black Woman Ever To Appear On The Cover Of The 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue

The coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover was revealed on Tuesday, and its 2018 star is model Danielle Herrington. 

When the announcement was made on Twitter, Herrington called it the best day of her life. In an appearance on Good Morning America, she said she was bawling when she first found out about the decision.

"I worked so hard for this and I put in so much work... I reached my dreams," Herrington said. 

She also made a heartwarming post on Instagram.


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 dedicate this to all the young girls out there," Herrington wrote. "Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE!" Yasss, girl.

The 2018 cover is particularly important because its only the third to feature a black woman since Tyra Banks in 1997 and Beyoncé in 2005. 

Herrington's from Compton, California and just started modeling in 2015. It's safe to say she's got a great career ahead of her!

Allison graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism. The current Entertainment Editor, she's been with Her Campus for more than three years, serving in roles such as national contributing writer, editorial intern, How She Got There Editor and Health Editor. Allison's spent the past two summers on opposite coasts, with internships at The Hollywood Reporter and Comedy Central. When she's not watching stand-up or her favorite show, Nathan For You, she's counting down the days until the next award show. Follow her on twitter @AllisonMCrist, and visit her website AllisonMCrist.com to learn more about her. 

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