SI cover girl says Tyra Banks offered her advice

Sports Illustrated cover girl Danielle Herrington graced the red carpet with Tyra Banks at a bash celebrating the launch of the S.I.’s annual swimsuit issue in Times Square. The newcomer told Confidential that Banks has offered her pearls of wisdom.

“It’s a modelling business, not modeling playtime,” Herrington recalled as one of Bank’s more useful tips.

Danielle Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964.

Danielle Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964.

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The California native says that the sports mag’s swimsuit issue, which launched in 1964, can still be seen as an empowering platform for women.

“I think it’s important that women should express themselves however they want to,” she explained. “If I want to be in a bathing suit I can and still feel empowered, you know? And I should be respected for that.” When we asked Banks how the mag empowered her, she looked to Herrington and said “I don’t know, what do you think?”

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Herrington dutifully replied “I think you’re pretty darn empowered.” In 1997, Banks became the first African American woman to make the cover of the S.I. swimsuit issue.

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