How many people can say Tyra Banks surprised them AND that they landed a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover?
Daneille Herrington can.
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!
Yesterday, Herrington watched her dreams come true as Bank’s unveiled her SI swimsuit cover, making Herrington the third Black cover model to ever grace the coveted spot.
Who was the first you might ask?
None other than Banks herself.
Banks, one of the most influential Black models in the industry has crafted and perfected models for over a decade on her hit show America’s Next Top Model. Can you imagine her telling you that all your dreams came true?
Banks was always a role model for Herrington and when it was time to find out about her 2018 SI cover, her hero came to the rescue.
Herrington even got special message from Banks for her appearance on Good Morning America.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 13, 2018
I’m not crying, the last competitor who cried on America’s Next Top Model makeover is!
This week, Tyra eliminates a model who started off as a frontrunner in the competition.