In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Sports Illustrated is getting slammed for having Danielle Herrington on the cover of their newly released Swimsuit Edition in a bikini showing off her perky butt.
Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said the sexy photos will lead to more sexual harassment and assault, and she wants stores to stop selling the magazine.
Hawkins sees SI as a nightmare, but it is a dream come true for Miss Herrington, as she is shining on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit for its annual issue.
The 24-year-old model made an astonishing jump in her career, as just one year ago, she appeared in the magazine as a rookie, while now she is on the front page.
The lucky model from Compton, California is only the third African-American woman to pose for the cover of SI since its launch in 1964.
The other two black ladies who appeared on the most important page of the mag were the legendary model and TV mogul Tyra Banks and Texas music superstar Beyonce.
The photographs for the special issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit were taken in Habour Island, Bahamas by photographer Ben Watts.
THANK YOU @si_swimsuit for having me on your COVER. This is my first cover ever and I am beyond speechless! I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! To @mj_day and your amazing team at @si_swimsuit #FamilyForever, thank you! To my my parents, family and friends, I LOVE YOU, thank you! To my agent @sandrasperka thank you for not only being the best agent, but also my mentor and friend! To @bodybymato for supporting me for the last 2 years and always being there for me! To my agency @women360mgmt you guys are the bomb! I am the luckiest and most grateful girl DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE EACH OTHER. OWN IT!
According to the editor of the magazine, MJ Day, Herrington has gone through a total transformation starting from the shy girl they met for the first time in 2017, and finishing as the accomplished young professional she is today.
Herrington is still shaken by the fantastic honor that was given to her.
She shared that Banks and JAY-Z’s wife were her role models for many years, and she was extremely proud to be put in the same category as them.
In the past, Herrington has talked about how influential Banks had been for her. In fact, the creator of America’s Next Top Model inspired her to pursue a career in modeling in the first place.
The young model also admitted to feeling very nervous while she was posing for the shots. The stress was so high that even her knees were shaking, but in the end, it was all worth it.