Katherine Webb's SI Swimsuit Edition Inclusion a Sign of Meteoric Rise

Justin OnslowContributor IIFebruary 12, 2013

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Television personality Katherine Webb on the sidelines before Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a love story as old as time: Boy meets girl, boy wins national championship, girl instantaneously becomes massive star.

Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly a fairy tale, but that’s exactly what happened for a woman who will grace the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition this year.

A.J. McCarron may have won a title, but Katherine Webb won the hearts (or at least the eyes) of everyone in America on January 7. It’s not as if she was a complete unknown, but her time in the spotlight during the game made her an instant national celebrity.

For those who don’t know her background, Webb is an Auburn grad who majored in Business Management and Administration (per MissUniverse.com). She went on to win the title of Miss Alabama USA in 2012 and is currently in the running for most famous girlfriend of any athlete in the history of sports.  

That last bit is hyperbole, but you get the idea.

Webb’s rise to stardom has been truly meteoric, and her inclusion in the SI Swimsuit Edition just proves how truly famous she has become. She could have faded back into relative anonymity following the media circus of the national championship, but Webb embraced the fame and is making the most of it.

While Kate Upton remains one of the most recognizable women on the planet, gracing the cover of the SI Swimsuit Edition for the second straight year, the addition of Webb—and the subsequent reaction—is the perfect barometer for her success. She’s an Auburn grad dating Alabama’s star quarterback, a national celebrity and now a model in a magazine that features perhaps the only woman who is more recognizable in the world than her right now.

This is just another step in Webb’s life, but it’s hard to imagine that she will fade from the national spotlight any time in the foreseeable future. She has earned her fame, and she’s certainly taking the right approach to embracing it. And based on Webb’s Twitter account, she seems to be enjoying it, too:

Not many 23-year-olds get to experience some of the things that Webb has at this point in her life. Hopefully, this latest step in her career keeps her in the spotlight, doing things she loves to do.