Danielle Herrington: Everything we know about the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover model

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit announced the cover star for its 2018 issue to be relative-unknown model Danielle Herrington on Tuesday.

By covering the issue, the 24-year-old beauty becomes just the third black woman to ever land the coveted gig. Tyra Banks was its cover star in 1997 and Beyoncé covered the issue in 2007.

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But who is Danielle Herrington? Landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is a surefire way to become a superstar, so we've rounded up some details about Herrington to help you get to know her.

She was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie class in 2017 and magazine editor MJ Day said that she was a "shy girl" on set of her first SI shoot, but this year she was a "completely different person" while shooting in the Caribbean.

Herrington hails from Compton, California, but she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Covering the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue isn't her first big gig. The model has also posed for the 2018 CR Girls Calendar, walked in designer Philipp Plein's shows and appeared in the pages of GQ.

See Danielle Herrington's sexiest moments:

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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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SEE ALSO: Aly Raisman poses nude for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

She can't believe that she landed the Swimsuit issue cover. Herrington opened up to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit about snagging the enviable gig. ""I can't even believe I'm saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model," Herrington said. "I can't wait for everyone to see it. I'm emotional, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me. I put in so much work for this, and I'm feeling very accomplished, happy and excited." 

She wants to be a role model for young women, as evidenced by her Instagram caption announcing her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover on Tuesday morning. "I dedicate this to all the young girls out there," she wrote. "Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE!"

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