Meet Danielle Herrington, The Third Black Woman To Cover Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

The newest cover model of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue is ready to make a splash.

Danielle Herrington graces the cover of the magazine's annual edition for the first time in her career, Sports Illustrated announced Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated released its new cover Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated released its new cover Tuesday.

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The 24-year-old Compton, Calif., native made her debut in Sports Illustrated last year. One of her role models, Tyra Banks, informed her she'd be appearing on the front of this year's issue.

Herrington was moved to tears as Banks showed her a cardboard cut-out of the cover, which features a shot of Herrington on the beach in the Bahamas. She then video chatted with her mom over the phone to share the exciting news.

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Herrington becomes the third black model to appear on the cover of the swimsuit issue. Banks appeared on back-to-back covers in 1996 and 1997, while Beyoncé did so in 2007.

"Two of my role models are Tyra Banks and Beyoncé, so the fact that I get to join this incredible group of women as I become the third black model on the cover of SI Swimsuit is a dream come true," Herrington said in a statement, according to People.

"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," continued Herrington. "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."

Last year's issue was covered by Kate Upton, which was the third time the 25-year-old star had appeared on the front of the swimsuit issue.

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Danielle Herrington was an SI Swim rookie last year.

(Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sports Illustra)

In 2016, meanwhile, three models — Ashley Graham, Hailey Clauson and Ronda Rousey — each landed their own cover, marking the first time Sports Illustrated has released multiple swimsuit covers since the issue launched the issue in 1964.

The swimsuit issue went on sale Tuesday.

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