Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb poses for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

The sudden fame of beauty queen Katherine Webb has now taken her into the oh- so famous pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Webb, who is probably one of college football’s most recognizable faces – even though she hasn’t played – will appear in one of the most popular magazines of the year, which is now on sale.

It’s the latest venture for the gorgeous brunette since she came on sports fans’ radar during the BCS Championship in January, where her boyfriend, quarterback A.J. McCarron, led Alabama to a big win over Notre Dame.

Model: Katherine Webb poses for one of the Sports Illustrated photos while wearing her boyfriend's jersey. The magazine is on sale nowModel: Katherine Webb poses for one of the Sports Illustrated photos while wearing her boyfriend’s jersey. The magazine is on sale now
Cementing her status: The 23-year-old, pictured in last year's pageant, has become an internet sensation Cementing her status: The 23-year-old, pictured in last year’s pageant, has become an internet sensation
Going strong: A.J. and Katherine haven't been dating for long but it's clear they are smitten with each other
Going strong: A.J. and Katherine haven’t been dating for long but it’s clear they are smitten with each other.

Webb even pays tribute to her superstar beau in some of the pictures for Sports Illustrated.

The sexy snaps – more than two dozen in total – show Webb posing in McCarron’s Alabama jersey, his football helmet and pads.

But of course, the shoot would not be complete with out the her donning multiple bikinis.

The future is now looking pretty bright for Webb, who has joined an impressive list of supermodels who have also posed in their poolside finery for the magazine – including Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Kate Upton.

Last week, Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover, which features Upton in nothing but an open winter coat and bikini bottoms.

The 20-year-old is near topless as she shows off her famous curves in white bottoms in a snap so scorching she could melt the ice caps in the background.

Since then, she has gone from internet sensation, to Super Bowl reporter, to reality TV contestant.

Webb can keep her bikini on for her next project – a spot on the upcoming ABC diving competition Splash, which pits celebrities against each other as they plunge into a pool in synchronized stunts.

Days before the Super Bowl, Webb looked picture perfect before the cameras started rolling on Media Day at the Superdome, where she served as a correspondent for Inside Edition.

She took it all in her stride but was clearly a little overwhelmed by the proceedings, and tweeted: ‘Day 1: Media day. Absolutely NUTS. Thousands and thousands of people! So excited to share it with you guys! #thisiscrazy #SB47’

She became an internet sensation after ESPN commentator Brent Musburger singled her out while she watched her quarterback boyfriend A.J. McCarron play in the BCS Championship.

Standing out from the crowd: Katherine rose to fame after ESPN broadcasters singled her out while she watched McCarron play in the BCS Championship gameStanding out from the crowd: Katherine rose to fame after ESPN broadcasters singled her out while she watched McCarron play in the BCS Championship game
Stealing the show: Katherine is the girlfriend of quarterback A.J. McCarron but her star may rise higher than his
Stealing the show: Katherine is the girlfriend of quarterback A.J. McCarron but her star could rise higher than his

Stealing the show: Katherine is the girlfriend of quarterback A.J. McCarron but her fame is likely to rise higher than his.

She's a natural: Katherine looked right at home as she reported on the Super Bowl Media Day, days before the big game at the SuperdomeShe’s a natural: Katherine looked right at home as she reported on the Super Bowl Media Day, days before the big game at the Superdome.
The camera loves her: The rising star made sure she was looking picture perfect The camera loves her: The rising star made sure she was looking picture perfect

And the moment broadcasters gushed over Katherine as the cameras panned to her during the game appears to have been more lucrative than the beauty queen could have ever imagined.

Meanwhile Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, has offered the top 10 finalist a position as a Miss USA judge.

After ESPN broadcasted her image, Katherine’s Twitter followers skyrocketed, and her followers soared from around 2,500 to more than 271,500 as of Monday.

Making a splash: Katherine has been cast in ABC diving reality show Splash as a result of her celebrity statusMaking a splash: Katherine has been cast in ABC diving reality show Splash as a result of her celebrity status
Opening doors: Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, has also offered the top 10 finalist a position as a Miss USA judgeOpening doors: Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, has also offered the top 10 finalist a position as a Miss USA judge

Katherine’s newfound fame could last a lot longer than 15 minutes, as Pamela Anderson got her big break in a very similar fashion.

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~ by Colorful Soul on 02/12/2013.

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