Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue aims to combine nudity with female empowerment

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue aims to combine nudity with female empowerment

In celebrating "women's diverse bodies", Sports Illustrated presents photos of swimsuit issue models present and past, including the lithe 19-year-old Sailor Brinkley Cook (Christie Brinkley's daughter), 28-year-old Robyn Lawley, and 52-year-old Paulina Porizkova.

By age 20, she'd transformed from a sickly teenager into a curvaceous woman, with hips, cellulite and even stretch marks.

"I had never seen such a gorgeous cover in my entire life", she recalls. "Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your dreams will come true".

In an attached note, she told her Twitter followers, "Everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves however makes them happy". It was announced on February 13 that the 24-year-old model is on the cover of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 2018. "Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model", editor MJ Day explained.

With all the changes happening, Day wants her audience to know that the magazine's sexy appeal isn't going anywhere.

This month, the 23-year-old gold-medal victor appears stripped down as part of a #MeToo-inspired photo shoot for the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. "I felt I had experience from my first SI shoot which helped me for this second one".


Danielle Herrington attends an event at the W Hotel South Beach on December 7, 2017 in Miami, Fla.

After hearing that she landed the cover, Herrington immediately broke down in tears.

The model from Compton, Los Angeles, was first featured in the US publication previous year (17), and has now landed the coveted cover spot. Banks appeared on back-to-back covers in 1996 and 1997, while Beyoncé did so in 2007.

Danielle is only the third African-American to appear on the magazines cover after Beyonce and Tyra Banks, so it seemed only fitting that the latter should be the one to break the big news. This time, the photos shot in Aruba are even more eye-popping than those that appeared past year in her SI debut.

Danielle reportedly started modeling at the age of 13, but it wasn't until she turned 21, that she packed her bags and moved from her home in Compton, California to New York City. She even wore some of her designs from her swimsuit line, Swimsuits for All x Ashley Graham.

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