Social commentators also weren't happy, expressing their dismay at the publication's new direction.
"For me, "In Her Own Words" serves as a reminder that we are all humans, we are all battling something, and it is ok to not be ok".
So is the next issue of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition!
This year, she's in it again with another women's tennis star. Check out the Sports Illustrated "In Her Own Words" shoot here.
Taking to Instagram with the images to share her delight, Georgia enthused: 'The day finally cameeeeee! Tears of joy for you this morning! "I felt I had experience from my first SI shoot which helped me for this second one".
Herrington, 24, was told of the honor at Sports Illustrated studios where she was surprised by former Sports Illustrated model Tyra Banks, who was the first black woman to appear on the cover. Danielle joins an impressive pair of women who also boast the accolade.
The cast is made up of five mothers, five world-famous athletes, four published authors, two plus-size women, an all-female crew, and features the third black woman ever to appear on the cover since the annual issue launched in 1964.
Posing for a half-naked photoshoot is always a little precarious, but things went terrifyingly wrong for Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton when she was shooting for the magazine in Aruba.
"Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model", Sports Illustrated swimsuit editor M.J. Day said in the Sports Illustrated announcement article. SI was a goal from that point, from seeing Tyra on the cover.
ALY Raisman has nothing to hide. Well the sea decided otherwise - when the famous model was posing topless on a rock for one of the shots, small wave crawled behind her, gradually gaining strength before ultimately knocking Kate off her feet and right into the water. And every four years, you could mix in the Winter Olympics.
Those three facts create apparent contradictions, but Raisman, one of more than 200 women who have publicly come forward with stories of abuse at the hands of United States of America gymnastics molester Larry Nassar, has taken power away from Nassar and men like him.