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.”

'Cousin Love!' Rob Kardashian Shows Daughter Dream Giving Big Cousin North a Sweet Hug

Dream Kardashian loves her big cousin North West!

On Saturday, Rob Kardashian — who shares his 1-year-old daughter with ex Blac Chyna — shared a series of photos of Dream hugging North, 4.

Each dressed in their pajamas — with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West‘s oldest wearing a cream-colored fluffy robe and matching slippers —the two girls looked cute as can be.

“Awwww GOOD Morning 😇,” Kardashian captioned the first shot. “Cousin love 💕 North & Dream 😍😍.”

He tweeted as second pic, which showed Dream holding North even closer, with a simple message: “Awwww.”

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The youngest Kardashian has been keeping a low media profile in the wake of his explosive social media tirade against his ex-fiancée and mother of his child this past summer.

While he doesn’t frequently post photos of himself, he does share photos or clips of Dream.

The last time his followers caught up with him was in mid-January when he shared videos of his daughter during some bonding time as she sucked on her purple bottle and moved to the dance music playing in the background.

He added some kiss emojis emanating from Dream’s head like a halo.

Sharing the video on Twitter, Kardashian captioned the precious moment with two angel-face emojis.

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“He only cares about and loves spending time with her, but that’s about it,” an insider told PEOPLE in December. “He doesn’t seem excited about anything else.”

On Jan. 1, Kardashian denied the assault claims brought against him by Chyna who accused him of physical abuse in April.

Shutdown fight ends, Dream Act fight endures

Sen. Rand Paul’s government shutdown ended at about 5:30 ET Friday morning, when the House passed the budget agreement and extended government funding to March 23. The fifth short-term funding bill of the 2018 fiscal year. Yay, Congress.

Because it’s Republicans in charge, the agreement is really expensive, and not so much on the spending side. Because of the additional tax cuts they threw in, the price tag was hiked to $320 billion to 10-year deficits, putting the potential final tally—if all its provisions are made permanent—to $2 trillion. When you add in the $1.5+ trillion from the tax scam they passed last year, the next Democratic president is going to have a hell of a mess to clean up. As usual.

To Trump’s delight it ” gave [the Military] everything—and more.” Parade money! To his chagrin, “we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want.” Like $90 billion in disaster aid for Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Note that other western states which experienced devastating wildfires as well were not included in that disaster aid. It also has a lot of funding for critical health programs, including tacking another four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which actually saves money) and community health centers (finally) as well as a number of smaller, but no less important, programs for which funding had lapsed. It renews tax breaks for NASCAR, race horses and rum. It extends the debt ceiling until March 2019, which might be the best news.

The bad news is, of course, it leaves out Dreamers. Ryan needed 67 Democrats to help pass his bill, and they eventually provided it, giving away much of Nancy Pelosi’s leverage in negotiating on immigration. While Trump and the Republicans won’t be able to use the debt ceiling negotiations against Democrats on immigration efforts, Ryan is still following Trump’s marching order, insisting that he’ll only bring a bill to the floor that Trump will sign. That led to Pelosi’s zinger calling him “Speaker of the White House,” and this statement following the vote pledging to continue to fight for Dreamers.

“The fight in the House to protect Dreamers is not over. I’m greatly disappointed that the Speaker does not have the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of these inspiring young people. When we protect the Dreamers, we honor the highest ideals of America. Their patriotism, their perseverance, their optimism are an inspiration that stirs the conscience of our entire nation.”

The Senate will start debate on a shell of an immigration bill Friday afternoon, with the promise from McConnell of an open-ended amendment process. It’s going to take a continued fight from Democrats and activists and us to fight off bad amendments and to force Ryan to do his job.

Mo Salah sends dream message about life at Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has partially eased fears at Liverpool surrounding his immediate future at the club.

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House Democratic leadership: No Dream Act deal, no spending bill votes

House Democratic leadership—Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer—have made it official. They are telling Democrats to vote “no” on the spending bill because Speaker Paul Ryan continues to refuse to allow a real vote on immigration.

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From the House Dem whip notice:”Unlike in the Senate, there is no agreement that the House will even consider legislation to protect DREAMers.””By leaving this vital issue unresolved, this package leaves DREAMers isolated, without a path to resolution in the House.”

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 8, 2018

Ryan sent out a new statement Thursday morning, saying “To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not.” Except that he gave himself an escape clause: “We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign.”

As of now, Trump is still insisting on his “four pillars” for any immigration bill, his white supremacist wish list that would destroy every principle of modern-day immigration policy.

Immigration activist Joe Sudbay reports that moderate Republicans who support the Dream Act have been sending letters to Ryan, urging him to let the bill come to the floor. Democrats can leverage that Republican demand, they can use it to strengthen their opposition. Lord knows, trying to get those Republicans to do more than quietly complain is a stretch, but Democrats can still point to their colleagues in making their case to bring the Dream Act to the floor.

It’s all up to Ryan. Is he going to actually be the speaker of the House, or is he going to be Trump’s puppet?