They say you never know when your 15 minutes of fame is over until it finally ends. For Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, her appearance in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue may well be the apex of her meteoric rise before her inevitable fall.
For most models, appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is a massive accomplishment. It's that magazine which propelled now-two-time cover girl Kate Upton to international fame, as it had Tyra Banks, Marisa Miller and just about any other extremely famous model in the history of everdom.
Webb's appearance came about in a far more notable way. She ascended to fame as McCarron led Alabama to a national championship victory, with her looks being the subject of an oft-criticized tangent from ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger. Spurred partially by those remarks—and the fact that she's, you know, not awful to look at—Webb became an overnight sensation and now has over 272,000 Twitter followers as of Tuesday evening.
And the issue will keep Webb's flame glowing bright in the national consciousness for the time being.
Appearing in a slightly altered McCarron jersey—for some reason, I don't think he wears size toddler 6-8 months—Webb sent the Internet abuzz once again. Once the issue hit newsstands, Webb's name came up nearly as much as Upton's and Hannah Davis', who just so happens to be Derek Jeter's current muse.
Webb even got an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman out of the deal. Appearing alongside Upton, Davis and a slew of other Sports Illustrated models, Webb read from the show's "Top 10 Questions on the Application to Becoming a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model" list.
As you can tell from the video, Webb has taken her new-found fame in stride. She's been asked about Musburger's comments almost since the moment he uttered them, and even came to the defense of the ESPN's broadcaster.
Beyond her looks—again, not too shabby—you can see why interest in Webb has continued long after the BCS National Championship game. She's handled most everything with class, and more importantly, with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek.
Webb seems to know this fame is fleeting. That's why she's appearing on Celebrity Diving, an upcoming ABC series about—yes—celebrities diving in swimming pools. I expect more people to attend my eight-year-old cousin's school play than to watch Celebrity Diving, but it doesn't matter.
The internet is pretty good at moving on to its next fleeting attraction, so anything that Webb can do over the next few months, she should. Celebrity cooking show? Absolutely. Celebrity show where celebrities talk about being celebrities while other celebrities cook while diving into pools? Why not?
As long as they're cutting the check and keeping your name on the interwebs, get that paper boo boo. People have stayed famous for less. (Right, Kim Kardashian and the entire casts of Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, Dance Moms, et al.?)
It's not as if Webb was unsuccessful before she met the Alabama signal-caller, either. She was Miss Alabama for 2012 and was already doing modeling work across the country prior to the National Championship Game.
But she wasn't appearing alongside Kate Upton on Late Night with David Letterman, nor was she splashing into a pool with Ndamukong Suh. Those opportunities are few, they're fleeting and they're gone before anyone has a chance to miss them.