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Danielle Herrington's modeling career is going swimmingly.
The 24-year-old model from Compton, Calif., graces the cover of the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Herrington, who made her debut in the magazine as a rookie last year, saw it for the first time when supermodel Tyra Banks made a surprise visit to the publication's offices.
"I can't even believe I'm saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model," says Herrington, who succeeds Kate Upton, a three-time SI Swimsuit cover veteran. "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."
(In years past, cover models were revealed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.)