Danielle Herrington lands 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover

Danielle Herrington has been tapped to front the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.The model from Compton, Los Angeles, was first featured in the U.S. publication last year (17), and has now landed the coveted cover spot. In the image, she is seen…

Danielle Herrington has been tapped to front the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The model from Compton, Los Angeles, was first featured in the U.S. publication last year (17), and has now landed the coveted cover spot. In the image, she is seen posing on a beach in The Bahamas while wearing a skimpy pink bikini.

With regards to gig, the 24-year-old has stated that she was honoured to be featured and described the photoshoot as a dream come true.

“I can’t even believe I’m saying this. I am the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model,” she shared. “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.”

Long-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star Tyra Banks announced the news to Danielle, who was overwhelmed with emotion.

She becomes the third African-American woman to appear on the cover, with Tyra appearing on the magazine in 1997 and superstar Beyonce Knowles fronting the 2005 edition.

SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day has described Danielle as an “exemplary model” and is excited to see where her career goes next.

“She’s an extra hard worker and a natural brand ambassador. All those things separately don’t guarantee a cover, though. Danielle was a shy girl, who went from taking her first photos last year to showing up this year a completely different person. All the good things about her seemed to be magnified,” she said. “She owned every single second of her shoot. She had an enthusiasm and effervescence about her – I felt like I was meeting her for the first time.”

Past Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover models include Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, Kathy Ireland and Christie Brinkley.

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Halsey dazzles in daring gown at 2018 amfAR Gala

Halsey flaunted her figure in a bold black gown at the 2018 amfAR Gala on Wednesday night (07Jan18).The singer-songwriter led a parade of celebrities at the event held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York, with the bash serving as the unofficial kic…

Halsey flaunted her figure in a bold black gown at the 2018 amfAR Gala on Wednesday night (07Jan18).

The singer-songwriter led a parade of celebrities at the event held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York, with the bash serving as the unofficial kick-off to New York Fashion Week as well as an opportunity to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Halsey, who gave a special performance to the audience, pulled out all the stops with her attire, opting for a strapless number from Georges Hobeika with thigh-high split, which she accessorised with platform heels and sparkly earrings. While the 23-year-old looked very glamorous, she also suffered a wardrobe malfunction as she walked the red carpet, when a fellow guest accidentally stepped on the hem of her skirt, pulling her dress up and exposing her underwear – though the star quickly recovered and continued to pose up a storm.

But it wasn’t just Halsey who showed off her legs; Heidi Klum sported a dramatic black sequin gown with high split from Zuhair Murad, while rising model Sistine Stallone donned a sparkly emerald green dress with keyhole neckline and thigh-grazing split.

Among the other stars to prove their style credentials was Hailey Baldwin, who wore a white lace gown from Roberto Cavalli, Alexandra Daddario, who shone in a sparkly dress from Salvatore Ferragamo, and Lucy Hale, who was gorgeous in a red dress with embroidered bodice by Jenny Packham.

La La Anthony was pretty in a pale lilac gown with floral print from Naeem Khan, while Taraji P. Henson chose a stunning David Koma gown with black, silver, and copper diamond-patterned sequins that featured a plunging neckline.

Other stars in attendance included Ashley Graham, Joan Smalls, Sienna Miller, Adrien Brody, Queen Latifah and Sailor Brinkley-Cook.

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Kenneth Cole resigns as amfAR chairman after Weinstein controversy

Kenneth Cole has stepped down as the amfAR chairman, three months after a group of AIDS activists called for his resignation.The American designer has chaired amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, since 2005, but his credentials were called into que…

Kenneth Cole has stepped down as the amfAR chairman, three months after a group of AIDS activists called for his resignation.

The American designer has chaired amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, since 2005, but his credentials were called into question in October (17) when The Huffington Post published a report concerning a controversial deal Cole had made with disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The deal allegedly involved settling a $600,000 (£457,000) financial obligation to the American Repertory Theater (ART) by hosting a charity auction in Cannes with amfAR in 2015, though Cole hit back at reports as a “false narrative and distortion of facts”.

More than 60 AIDS activists, including Olympic diver Greg Louganis and playwright Larry Kramer, signed an open letter in November asking Cole to resign, which he has now officially done.

“Today my 14-year term as chairman concludes,” Cole said at the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night. “It has been a true privilege to work alongside so many talented, dedicated and committed individuals. Through my ongoing work as the U.N. AIDS ambassador and with the U.N. AIDS Coalition, I remain personally committed to aligning resources and galvanising global action and working with amfAR to make AIDS history.”

Stars including Ashley Graham, Heidi Klum, and Taraji P. Henson were in attendance at the bash, which honoured writer-director Lee Daniels and W magazine editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi.

In a separate statement released by Cole, the 63-year-old spoke of his pride at working with the organisation for more than 30 years.

“The amfAR board has adopted a number of governance reforms that will ensure our beloved organisation can continue to thrive,” he added. “One of these is instituting term limits for board members which is why I, along with four of my colleagues, will be stepping down from the board. In the interim, I will continue to serve as an honorary chairman and be part of the process for selecting a new and committed chairman.”

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