In just under a week, Katherine Webb has gone from a virtual unknown (outside the Miss USA pageant) to now being offered a spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was interviewed by SI about all the new-found fame.
SI.com: How surprised were you to get the call from “Sports Illustrated”?
Webb: I was completely dumbfounded. It was so shocking
to me because literally overnight I go from being AJ’s girlfriend and
going to support him in the championship game to being on every major
media news outlet. It’s just so surprising to me. I don’t know what God
has planned, but obviously he’s working on something.
SI.com: So it’s safe to assume you said yes right away when you got the call?
Webb: Oh, my gosh. Absolutely. I’ve been approached by
different publications, but I think a lot of America appreciated how
classy I was, and I got a lot of responses saying I was America’s
sweetheart and all that kind of stuff. I’m from Alabama and I have
morals and I have class. That’s my personality. A lot of people have
said I’m the anti-Kim Kardashian and I’m all right with that.
SI.com: Well, Kim Kardashian has done all right for herself.
Webb: She made herself into who she is and that’s fine
and all that. But I guess the way I want to go about all this is, I just
want to have a positive image for myself. I want girls to be able to
look up to me and to say, “I want to be just like her one day.” That’s
what I did as Miss Alabama and I loved that.