Danielle Herrington features on Sports Illustrated cover

ANI | Updated: Feb 14, 2018 13:24 IST

London [U.K.], Feb. 14 (ANI): Sports Illustrated Swimsuit revealed its new cover star for 2018 edition on Tuesday - Danielle Herrington.

The 24-year-old model has become the third black woman to land such opportunity to grace the cover of the magazine's annual issue, after American television personality, Tyra Banks in 1996 & 1997 and pop-queen, Beyonce in 2007.

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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The cover photo was shot in Harbour Island in Bahamas by renowned photographer Ben Watts.

The cover-feature is the model's second appearance in the magazine, after her rookie feature in 2017's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Herrington, a native of Compton, California, was feeling "emotional and excited" on this accomplishment, as quoted by Sports Illustrated. (ANI)