NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Danielle Herrington Celebrates CR Girls 2018 with Carine Roitfeld At Bookmarc on December 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Carine Roitfeld)
“I am so excited to be part of this iconic brand that has long given identity and voice to women of all shapes, colors and beliefs,” Herrington said in a statement. “I hope that young girls who look at this cover are inspired to dream as big as I did and work hard to attain all their goals.”
“A lot of the time, after school, we would go to my grandma’s house because my parents were working. We would swim, ride our bikes down the street, we had a trampoline, scooters, everything!” she said.
She’s only the third black woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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.