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    Miss Alabama Katherine Webb Posing for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

    Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama 2012, Miss USA Courtesy of Patrick Prather/Miss USA

    Katherine Webb's journey to stardom isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

    ESPN announcer Brent Musburger's focus on quarterback AJ McCarron's gal during Alabama and Notre Dame game earlier this week has opened a lot of doors for Miss Alabama, including a photo spread for one popular magazine.

    "It's official...shooting with Sports Illustrated! #Blessed," she tweeted on Thursday.

    Five things to know about Katherine Webb

    Now, we know what you're all wondering—"Is it the swimsuit issue?!"

    Yes, indeed. In an interview with the magazine, Webb spoke about how psyched she was to appear in the iconic issue, on stands Feb. 11.

    "It's just so surprising to me. I don't know what God has planned, but obviously he's working on something. When Sports Illustrated called it just became even more real that this is happening. Every single model wants to be in Sports Illustrated, and I feel extremely blessed to have that opportunity."

    As for being ogled on a national telecast? The brunette beauty appeared on Today Wednesday, and told Matt Lauer, "the fact that he [Musburger] said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that…I don't take any offense to it at all."

    She added, "I don't think [ESPN's apology] was needed, honestly. Of course, I appreciate it, but at the same time I don't think that I needed an apology."

    On top of her photo shoot, Webb has also asked by Donald Trump to judge the Miss USA pageant and upped her Twitter follower number to six figures (which, as we all know, is the true test of fame).

    (Originally published Jan. 10, 2013, at 6:41 a.m. PT)

    Take a look at Katherine Webb's pageant past!

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