Today let's continue to take a look at the hottest women of the Sports Illustrated 2021 Swimsuit Issue.
Herrington, 28, rocked the Swimsuit Issue in 2018 as the third black woman to ever appear on the cover. She’s excited to return for her fifth year, this time flaunting cornrow braids, a style that models rarely get to wear— Herrington hasn’t been able to wear the hairstyle since she was 13.
“For this year’s shoot she expressed to us her desire to wear her hair in braids,” said MJ Day. “We immediately said yes and she showed up on set as the most confident, vibrant and happiest version of herself. The industry often dictates how women can present themselves and we wanted to give Danielle a space to choose how she would be represented.”
The Compton, California native also has a baby boy on the way.
“I actually found out four days after my SI shoot,” Herrington said. “I was five weeks pregnant at the shoot and had no idea. Having kids is something I’ve always wanted, but it was definitely a surprise.
This 2020 cover star and 2019 Rookie of the Year, the German-American Sanders, 30, is on a roll. With two covers under her belt, she’s thrilled about the diversity she and other models have been able to bring to the magazine in recent years.
“It’s very exciting and I’m very proud to be amongst a handful of black and mixed-race women on the cover but it also highlights how much work we have to do,” she said last year.
White, 29, is another newbie who can boast an established career before diving into the modeling world full-time. The former senior communications analyst, who has worked in the defense and aerospace industry, abruptly quit her job after securing a spot in the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search.
Originally from Southington, Connecticut, the Georgetown grad is on a journey to loving her naturally curly hair after constant heat damage. Now, she’s embracing her hair’s natural kinkiness. “I was like ‘OK, let me just go full throttle,’” she told Glamour. “And it has definitely been a journey of self-love in and of itself.”
After stunning in last year’s Swimsuit Issue, this Danish model is back after being voted 2020’s Rookie of the Year. Skriver, 28, has extensive modeling experience, walking for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She’s appeared in editorial spreads for several fashion magazines, including Vogue, W Magazine, and Interview. Raised by a gay father and a lesbian mother, this former VS Angel is an avid supporter of the LGBTQ movement.
Alongside fellow model Jasmine Tookes, she shares health tips and routines with her community of fitness-crazed followers on the duo’s Instagram page, “Joja.” She’s been dating lead singer of “The Cab,” Alexander DeLeon, since 2013.
It’s not swimsuit season without Kate Bock, 33. One of 2020’s three cover stars, she’s appearing in the pages of SI’s Swimsuit Issue for the ninth year in a row.
“I think 10 years is the record,” she told The Post. “I am going after the title.”
The Canadian model, recently engaged to Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Kevin Love, also serves as chief brand officer for Pompette, a brand of gluten-free hard seltzer.
In an interview with People, Bock revealed that she doesn’t put a lot of preparation into photoshoots—just a quick workout, eating well and drinking as much water as she can.
“I feel beyond lucky that Sports Illustrated was able to figure out a way to allow us to shoot safely during such a tough time,” she shared. “It was such a treat to feel like myself again, being back on a shoot, on set and on location. We took every precaution and the shoot was great! Now I can’t wait for it to come out!”
This Brazilian-born model is a former Victoria Secret Angel and eight-time VS Angel Fashion Show model. Ribeiro, 30, has been working the runway since 2009, when she walked for high-end designers like Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg and Zac Posen. By 2011, she was the industry’s most desired model. Ribeiro is a mom to a 13-year old son with autism. In 2018, she got a tattoo of a puzzle piece-patterned ribbon to represent the disorder in his honor. She’s also engaged to NBA player Joakim Noah.
“She uses her platform to spread awareness around autism and what it’s like to be a mother of an autistic son,” said MJ Day. “If there is one thing we can do as a brand, it’s to empower individuals to speak up for what they are passionate about and Lais uses her reach and influence to do just that.”
This year marks her fourth appearance in the Swimsuit Issue. You can also spot her cameo in a Season 3 episode of “New Girl.”
Self-taught beauty vlogger Nyma Tang, 30, is one of this year’s eight rookies. The Youtube star, born in Ethiopia, has worked with several makeup lines, including Bobbi Brown and Fenty Beauty. In 2018, she even created her own limited-edition shade of red matte lipstick for MAC Cosmetics. Right now, she has a lip set collection with cruelty-free cosmetic line Dose of Colors. She uses her platform to promote the importance of inclusive makeup shades and share makeup tips for women of color.