Danielle Herrington Is the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model: 'It's a Dream Come True'

Danielle Herrington made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut as a rookie in 2017. One year later: She’s on the cover.

The 24-year-old model from Compton, California, received the surprise of a lifetime when SI Swim legend Tyra Banks greeted her at the Sports Illustrated office with her 2018 cover. Herrington traveled to the Bahamas for her shoot and poses in a hot pink Ola Vida string bikini on the cover.

Herrington is the third black woman to cover SI Swim since the franchise began in 1964, following in the footsteps of Banks, who first covered the magazine alongside Valeria Mazza in 1996, followed by a solo cover in 1997Beyoncé landed the coveted spot in 2007, photographed by Cliff Watts in a variety of House of Deréon swimsuits.

“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 of the honor. “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. 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.”

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In a 2017 interview with Fox News, Herrington revealed that she always aspired to have a career like Banks and star on the cover of SI Swim. “I just remember Tyra Banks being on the cover and that’s where it all started for me,” she said. “That’s what really made me pursue modeling. SI was a goal from that point, from seeing Tyra on the cover. It was love at first sight… everything happened naturally.”

And while she was so excited for her debut Rookie shoot in 2017, she also had some first-time jitters.

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“It took place in Fiji, and I was really nervous,” she revealed. “You know how you’re so nervous your knees shake? That was me. SI was my first big job modeling so I definitely felt the pressure within me.”

Andy Cohen Defends Sarah Jessica Parker Amid Drama with Kim Cattrall: 'It's a Catfight of One'

Andy Cohen is coming to Sarah Jessica Parker‘s defense.

On Feb. 4, Kim Cattrall confirmed that her 55-year-old brother Chris had been found dead in Canada. After learning of the tragedy, Parker reached out to her former Sex and the City costar privately and had written a supportive comment on social media: “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx.”

But over the weekend, Cattrall, 61, sent a message to Parker, 52, on Instagram, telling her “You are not my friend” and “I don’t need your love and support at this tragic time.”

“I thought it was fake. I was like, ‘There’s no way Kim Cattrall has posted this on her Instagram.’ This is a woman who is in the middle of grieving the loss of her brother, which is tragic and sad,” Cohen, 49, said on his Radio Andy show on Monday. “She accused of exploiting a tragedy and I’ve been getting all these tweets from people.”

“She was doing press all last week for Divorce. And you know, guess what? When you’re doing press, you’re asked the same questions about what’s going on. So people, I’m sure, were like, ‘What do you think of what happened?’ And she simply and concisely expressed her condolences. I would not call that exploiting a tragedy. What was she supposed to do? Say something bad? I don’t understand,” Cohen continued about Parker, who spoke out about the tragedy to Extra at New York City’s Paley Center for Media on Thursday night while promoting Divorce.

The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host also admitted that he doesn’t “like it that people are characterizing this as a catfight. There’s only one person fighting here.”

“Sarah only said the nicest things about her. And then the same thing with the movie,” he said, referencing Parker’s recent appearance on his late-night Bravo show. “The only thing she’s ever commented about the movie or about Kim not wanting to do the movie was that she was disappointed that the studio pulled the plug on it.”

“I don’t get it,” said Cohen. “It’s a catfight of one from where I see it.”

Cattrall began criticizing her former SATC costars last year after Parker revealed that plans for a third SATC movie had been scrapped. Sources said that Cattrall’s demands had derailed the project; Cattrall denied this, saying she never agreed to do the film. In October she told Piers Morgan that she’s “never been friends” with her SATC costars.

Parker has not responded to Cattrall’s Saturday Instagram post, but she did address Cattrall’s previous remarks to PEOPLE last week during an interview for an upcoming story about her HBO show Divorce, her new Gap Kids line and other projects.

“I never responded to the conversation that Kim had with Piers Morgan, where she said things that were really hurtful about me,” Parker told PEOPLE. “I don’t want to answer it, that’s not how I feel about her. I think of her as part of this experience and it was amazing. We had a connection with the audience, and we had a connection with this city and with this crew and we got to tell these crazy stories with each other. And I don’t want to mess with that.”

Kim Kardashian West Says Her Waist Is Now 24 Inches: 'It's Never Been 24 Ever In My Life'

Forget talking about books — at Kim Kardashian’s inaugural book club meeting last year, all her sister Kourtney could focus on was Kim’s tiny waist.

Kim shared a video from their book club meeting on her app on Monday, and before they could dive in to her selection, Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie, Kourtney turned the discussion to Kim’s body.

“I can’t take your hips seriously right now,” Kourtney said to Kim. “Because your waist is so small and your hips are so big.”

Kardashian hairdresser and BFF Jen Atkin then asked Kim for her measurements, and Kim had Chrissy Teigen guess (she went with 23 inches).

“24,” Kim said, with a smirk.

“24? That’s insane,” Atkin replied.

“It’s never been 24 ever in my life,” Kim said, and after Atkin asked, added that her hips are 39 inches.

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After giving birth to son Saint West, 2, in Dec. 2015, Kim started on the Atkins Diet and jumpstarted her workout routine to get back to her pre-pregnancy shape, and lose the 70 lbs. she gained with Saint and daughter North, 4. But over the last year, Kim took her workouts and diet to another level with trainer Melissa Alcantara.

“Kim told me, ‘I love my body. I love the way it looks and I love my hips,’ ” Alcantara recently told PEOPLE. “She just wanted more muscle. She wanted bigger hamstrings, which accentuates the entire leg. And she wants those cut arms and abs!”

Kim now works out with Alcantara six days a week at 6 a.m., and they focus on different areas of the body each day.

“Kim has been getting some really nice results, like with her triceps!” Alcantara said. “She can’t believe how much has changed over the last few months. And when you’re in this deep, it’s hard to go back. She just keeps it up.”

The trainer added that Kim’s body goals have changed.

“She didn’t want to be skinny. She wanted to have muscle and feel strong. And she wanted to find something she can do for the rest of her life,” Alcantara said. “I totally understood where she was coming from.”

Super Bowl Selfie Kid Surprised by Justin Timberlake (Again!): 'It's Nice to Meet You Finally'

Ryan McKenna, best known as the Super Bowl selfie kid who got a photo with Justin Timberlake during the Feb. 4 halftime show, finally had the chance to talk to the Grammy-winning singer again.

The 13-year-old Scituate, Massachusetts, native did his first in-studio interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Friday, during which he revealed he pushed his way through the U.S. Bank Stadium crowd to stand beside Timberlake.

“I got myself there, I pushed through. I was elbowing people but I got there. I was there with him,” McKenna told host Ellen DeGeneres.

“I saw all the memes. The iPhone 6 – that thing’s slow,” the young Patriots fan said about the viral photo of him distracted by his phone while Timberlake belted out the lyrics to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” next to him.

“I had to get the camera back up to get the selfie,” McKenna continued.

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Then, the moment he least expected: DeGeneres surprised the teenager with a phone call from Timberlake.

“Ryan, it’s nice to meet you finally,” said the former ‘NSYNC band member.

“I knew that I wanted to end the performance with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ because I knew how people respond to that song and cut to Ryan,” Timberlake recalled of the scene-stealing seventh-grader.

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“It was so unexpected that you came down. Because all of this has happened, I thought to myself I want to meet you properly,” the Man of the Woods hitmaker said, surprising McKenna with four VIP tickets to his Boston concert in April.

“Ryan, I look forward to meeting you and our second selfie together,” Timberlake told him.

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Following his unexpected television debut, McKenna has appeared on morning talk shows, like Good Morning America and Today, even revealing that he’s gained 8,000 more followers on Snapchat.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).