The cover star of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue shares her beauty routines, insecurities, and love of spicy food with us…
From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast, I would have a coffee and egg white omelet with LOTS of bacon, onions, bell peppers and cilantro. Oh, and can’t forget some Tapatio hot sauce for an extra kick!
For lunch, I’d get lemongrass chicken pho from Saigon Shack in New York with lots of Sriracha (can you tell I like spicy food?) and extra limes, sweet potato fries, fried spring rolls and a cucumber lemonade.
For dinner, I’d do the spicy rigatoni vodka pasta from Carbone!
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I make sure to fuel my body with nutritious foods and take time to meditate. Stress and anxiety both have a big effect on my skin and meditation really helps me manage it. It helps with mental clarity and as a result I get beautiful skin. Win-win!
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
In the morning I like to wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and follow that with the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. Then I layer on the Banana Bright Eye Crème from Ole Henriksen and finish up with a little Weleda Skin Food. In the nighttime I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, reapply the Banana Eye Cream from Ole Henriksen and lock it all in with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Exfoliating is also super important for my skin so I make sure to use the Glamglow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate treatment three times a week.
What were you always insecure about growing up, and how did you overcome it?
When I was younger I was super insecure because I started developing into a woman in fifth grade and was so much taller than everyone else. I would wear baggy sweatshirts to hide, but I couldn’t do anything about my height. I was always towering over my friends! I became more comfortable with myself as I got older and of course felt more comfortable once my friends started catching up, since I didn’t feel like the odd one out anymore.
What advice would you have for young women struggling with body image?
It’s really difficult now since social media can make everyone feel like they have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. My biggest piece of advice is that there isn’t just one body shape or size that’s beautiful, our differences are what make us beautiful and unique. Self-love is key, so stop being so hard on yourself! I mean, how boring would it be if we all looked the same?!
How do you always start your day?
I always start my day with music and coffee. It puts me in the best mood and gets me energized and ready for the day!
What movie had the biggest effect on you and why?
I’m not sure about a specific movie, but I have to say seeing someone like Tyra Banks on TV, in movies, on talk shows, walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show…was such an inspiration to me. It was amazing to see someone that looked like me not only killing it in the modeling industry, but also seeing success in television and movies. She was able to create such a business for herself. Tyra actually surprised me with the message that I got the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover this year, so to have her as a mentor and see it come full circle was dream come true.
What 3 things are you coveting right now?
If you could put a quote on a tee shirt to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
“Being the best me for ME” Right now I’m really focusing on doing things that make me happy and making sure that I’m not living my life for other people or comparing myself to anyone.
Danielle wears a Maje coat.