news Danielle Herrington: 5 Facts about the 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Cover Star Posted: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 Danielle Herrington: 5 Facts about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Star She was born in Compton, Cali., but now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her first walk down the runway was during Philipp Plein‘s star-studded spring 2017 show in September. Herrington, 24, idolized Tyra Banks growing up. She was a part of SI Swimsuit's rookie class last year. Herrington becomes just the third black woman to appear on the cover of the magazine, joining Banks (1997) and BeyoncÃ© (2007). The cover photo was shot at Harbour Island, Bahamas. 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!