Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2013: Katherine Webb a Threat for Next Cover

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2013

Kate Upton may be the talk of the town now, but she better watch out for her greatest competition, Katherine Webb.

You've probably heard by now that Upton landed the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for the second year in a row. The 20-year-old is no longer a rising star, but simply a star in the modeling industry. She's also become a pop culture icon, appearing in numerous television commercials, landing some acting roles and starring in Mercedes-Benz's Super Bowl ad this year.

But Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, is showing signs of vaulting up the ranks in the modeling industry.

Webb catapulted into the national spotlight after commentator Brent Musburger infamously fawned over her during a broadcast of the BCS National Championship Game. She was already modeling in Los Angeles before the national attention, but she told Deadspin.com that she's booked more jobs since. She even thanked Musburger for boosting her career.

The meteoric rise Webb is experiencing right now is very similar to the rise Upton experienced after landing the cover of the Swimsuit Issue for the first time in 2012. Webb is already getting more calls for modeling jobs and it's only a matter of time before she starts garnering interest in other industries. If she takes advantage of her opportunities, she stands a chance of supplanting Upton on the cover of the all-important Swimsuit Issue next year.

Before landing on the Swimsuit Issue, Webb was already on the way up. Now that she's graced the issue, she's blossomed past the sports world and captured the entire world's attention.

Once known as the girlfriend of a championship quarterback, Webb's reach figures to stretch even further in 2013. She's just beginning to see her star rise. Upton is the model for what Webb could become down the road.

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