Who is Danielle Herrington? 5 things about the 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit cover star

The hotly anticipated 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was revealed Tuesday, and model Danielle Herrington graced the cover in a barely-there pink bikini.

Who is the up-and-coming model? Here's everything you need to know.

She’s from Compton, Calif.

The model, who now resides in Brooklyn, told Fox News that her childhood was "pretty normal," and remembers looking up to Tyra Banks growing up. 

The 24-year-old also revealed that she always dreamed of modeling even though she says she's "always been really shy." Joining a modeling school as a schoolgirl helped her build her confidence, she told the news outlet. 

She's making history.

With the SI cover, Herrington has become just the third black woman to appear on the cover of the magazine, joining Banks (1997) and Beyoncé (2007). 

Her big break was also with SI.

Her first big photo shoot was for the magazine's swimsuit issue last year as part of the "rookie" class. SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day called Herrington a "natural brand ambassador." 

This year's rookie class includes Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady  and Ebonee Davis.

She's got model connections. 

Although Herrington is relatively new to the spotlight, her Instagram is scattered with her latest runways, like Juicy Couture, other model friends including New Zealand's Ashika Pratt.

The up-and-comer also met Banks during a surprise reveal of Herrington's SI cover, which was captured in a heart-warming video posted to SI's Instagram Tuesday. 

In the clip, Banks channels her America's Next Top Model judge voice before surprising Herrington with her cover photo. 

"One girl stands before me, but I only have one photo in my hands, and this photo represents the girl that is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 cover model, Danielle Herrington," Banks says as Herrington bursts into tears.

She's grateful. 

Looks like the model isn't taking her new-found fame for granted. 

"I can't even believe I'm saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model," Herrington told SI. "I can't wait for everyone to see it. I'm emotional, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me. I put in so much work for this, and I'm feeling very accomplished, happy and excited." 

She also shared an inspiring message on her Instagram when revealing her cover.

"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!," she wrote before thanking a long list of people.