Danielle Herrington becomes 3rd black woman to cover the 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit issue

Danielle Herrington is making history with her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover!

The 24-year-old model, who hails from Compton, California, follows behind Tyra Banks and Beyonce as the third black woman to ever cover the coveted annual magazine, which is on sale now. Herrington found out about the honor in the best way when Banks -- who was the first black woman to the publication -- surprised her with the news as if she was on America's Top Model.

"One girl stands before me, but I only have one photo in my hands," she told Herrington. "This photo represents the girl that is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 cover model."

After hearing that she landed the cover, Herrington immediately broke down in tears. "Thank you so much," she said to Banks. "You're my reason. I used to watch you all the time. Thank you so much."

Herrington also appeared on Tuesday's Good Morning America and was once again surprised by Banks, who was adamant that this cover would change her life.

"Do you really understand what's going down right now?" the 44-year-old supermodel exclaimed in a video message. "So many little girls are going, 'Oh my gosh. That could be me one day.' ...By them looking at me back in the day and them looking at you now, you are the living embodiment to say that dreams do come true."

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Christie Brinkley's 19-year-old daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, is also featured in this SI issue and revealed to ET why she did not tell her supermodel mother that she was posing nude in the magazine. 

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Model Danielle Herrington attends the CR Fashion Book Celebrating launch of CR Girls 2018 with Technogym at Spring Place on December 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Carine Roitfeld)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 08: Raven Lyn and Danielle Herrington attend the 8th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Hosted By Issa Rae at Villa Casa Casuarina on December 8, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 07: Danielle Herrington attends the Sports Illustrated Sneak Peek of its SI Swimsuit Island during Art Basel at The W Hotel South Beach on December 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Danielle Herrington attends the Sports Illustrated Sneak Peek of its SI Swimsuit Island during Art Basel at The W Hotel South Beach on December 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Danielle Herrington attends 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards at Barclays Center on December 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Model Danielle Herrington attends the SI Swimsuit 2018 Model Search celebration and preview of the Sports Illustrated Swim and Active Collection at Mr. Purple in Hotel Indigo LES November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Model Danielle Herrington attends GUESS NYFW Fall Fashion Event at Public Hotel on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for GUESS)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Herrington walks the runway at the Philipp Plein fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Model Danielle Herrington attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - April 11: Danielle Herrington attends Amazon Studios & Bleecker Street Host a Screening of 'The Lost City of Z' at SAG-AFTRA on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17: (L-R) SI Swimsuit models Lais Ribeiro, Sailor Brinkley Cook, Vita Sidorkina, and Danielle Herrington sign autographs during the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17: SI Swimsuit model Danielle Herrington attends the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival at Post HTX on February 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Model Danielle Herrington is seen arriving at Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Launch Event at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Rookie Class models Myla Dalbesio, Danielle Herrington, Mia Kang and Lais Ribeiro pose on the court before the Los Angeles Clippers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Danielle Herrington attends the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Model Danielle Herrington attends GUESS Glitz and Glam Holiday event at The Carondelet House on December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for GUESS)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Model Danielle Herrington attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)
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