For any model, making it into the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is a dream come true…so when Danielle Herrington walked into the SI Swim casting call and was chosen to be a #SIswim rookie you can bet we were doing victory laps. We asked Danielle a few questions below about her SI swim experience to get an insider’s look on the famed shoot.
What was the audition process like?
“The audition was really fun–they asked me questions about my personality and hobbies. I absolutely love dancing, so they played music and and asked me to twerk! It was the best audition ever.
How did you prepare for the SI Swim shoot?
I looked at the past issues of SI, made sure I knew my angles, and did a daily workout of running and boxing to keep in shape. Also eating mostly protein and veggies–healthy eating makes a huge difference!
What was your first reaction when you found out you were chosen as a Rookie?
I was in NY at the laundromat when I was called into my agency. My agent seemed really relaxed over the phone so it didn’t seem very important. When I got to the agency all she said to me was “Read this!” It was an email saying I was chosen to be a Rookie in the 2017 swimsuit issue!!!! My first reaction was disbelief. I couldn’t believe that I had only been in NY 6 months and had booked one of my dream jobs! After that I was just really nervous and excited.
How cool was the VIBES festival?
It was amazing! The most exciting part was getting to meet all of the women in the issue, and being able to come together and have such a good time with all of them.
How far was away was the set?
It took me about 20 hours to get to Fiji from NY. It was my first time flying first class, so I enjoyed every second of it! I think I smiled the whole way there! 🙂
What was the best part about shooting in Fiji for SI Swim?
It was only my second time out of the US, so I couldn’t have asked for a better location! The ocean is crystal clear, the people in Fiji were the sweetest and it was so peaceful. Hands down, it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.
Do you have any funny stories from being on set?
The photographer, Yu Tsai, is one of a kind! He is crazy in the best way, and so unfiltered, which I love! I got very comfortable with really quickly. The whole team mostly laughed at whatever came out of his mouth.
What was is like to be part of a female-driven body positive shoot team?
It was incredible, everyone was so encouraging! While shooting everyone is working together to get the best shot possible. It was a lot of “YASS GIRL!” comments.
How has your hard work and consistency contributed your success as a model?
Its been the biggest factor of my success. Once I stopped complaining and put in the work it payed off. Consistency is essential–nothing happens over night! Also, keeping a positive mind set is very important. You can’t beat yourself up because things aren’t happening for you when you think it should.
What’s the most important thing you took away from your SI Swim experience?
Beauty come from within, it’s not a size. Most importantly, if you have a dream go for it and don’t give up on yourself. It might not be easy, but it’ll be worth it. I know it’s something people say a lot but it’s so true!”
In addition to being the most anticipated magazine release of the year, this historic issue teamed up with WomenIRL to set a body-positive stage for models of all ages, shapes and nationalities to be recognized for their beauty and strength. Modeling next to the likes of Chrissy Teigen and Kate Upton, Danielle was a newcomer who blew away SI Swim’s team with her incredible talent and professionalism.
Danielle counts her friends and family as her most prized possessions, and credits them for tirelessly supporting her as she follows her dreams. After joining the roster of supermodels who have graced SI Swim’s pages, we can’t wait to see where she goes next. See Daniel’s full SI Swim gallery here, and keep scrolling to see her exclusive spreads in Sports Illustrated!
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