Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012, famous after BCS game: 7 facts
Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012, became a trending topic online on Monday night and has gained at least 100,000 new Twitter followers after being shown sitting in the crowd at the BCS National Championship Game, which she attended to cheer on her boyfriend, University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.
During ESPN's coverage of the football game, which saw the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, 42-14, Webb, 23, appeared expressionless as she sat behind McCarron's mother at the game.
"You see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, but she's also Miss Alabama and that's AJ McCarron's girlfriend," commentator Brent Musburger said about the brunette. "You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow. If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the back yard with pops!"
Webb had several hundred Twitter followers before the game, the Associated Press reported. As of Tuesday afternoon, she has more than 175,000, thanks to trends she sparked on Twitter and Google.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett even Tweeted her his phone number and suggested they meet after the game, the Associated Press said. He later said: '[Expletive] that was suppose to be DM [direct message]" and also posted a photo of a screenshot of Webb at the game with a speech bubble that reads: "This game is boring. Can't wait to have wingstop with Dockett owwww."
McCarron seemed to take it in stride, telling Dockett on "@ddockett u better worry ab being in them playoffs, then going to king of diamonds homie.. #betterkeepdreaming like the rest of these dudes."
Webb has not commented about Musburger's favorable remarks about her, Dockett's Tweets or about her newfound online popularity, but said on Twitter: "So extremely blessed... @10AJMcCarron. Congrats to Alabama and making history! #BCSChamps."
Webb was among the top 10 finalists at the Miss USA 2012 pageant, which took place last June.
She was then cut and Miss Rhode Island USA, Olivia Culpo, Won the title of Miss USA 2012. Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 December, marking the first time a U.S. contestant has won the international competition in 15 years.
But Webb has a different pageant job in her future. Donald Trump, head of the Miss Universe Organization, Tweeted on Tuesday: "We are going to ask Katherine Webb to be a judge at the Miss USA Pageant coming up in Las Vegas."
@realDonaldTrump Good talking to you today," she Tweeted back. "I know me and @10AJMcCarron are looking forward to coming to #NYC soon!"
Check out 7 more facts about Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012:
1. She's been dating AJ McCarron for several few weeks now.
Webb told the Ledger-Enqirer on December 28, when she was in Alabama visiting family, that she and the football player were in a relationship and that she first met McCarron in person at the Miss Alabama USA pageant, which was held between December 7 and December 8. The newspaper said they knew of each other beforehand due to a series of Twitter exchanges.
"I had not seen him (in person) until I went on stage and saw him in the front row," Webb said.
2. She is a Christian.
"I just want to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me in whatever I do and wherever I go," she told the Ledger-Enquirer in February 2012. "I feel that my platform as Miss Alabama USA will allow me to meet a wide array of people, and the best part about that is that I will be able to show who I really am and just love and care for everyone just like Jesus does."
"At the end of the day I am just a girl from Phenix City, Alabama, with a crown and a sash, but through Christ, I am a representative for him and what being a Christian really means," she said.
In her Twitter profile, Webb cites the King James Bible passage Matthew 5:16 ("Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven").
3. She has worked as a manager at Chick-fil-A in Columbus, Georgia.
"When you are in that type of position, you learn quickly what it means to 'set the example' and to model the way for those who look up to you and aspire to do what you do one day," she told the Ledger-Enquirer.
4. She currently works as a model in Los Angeles.
Webb is a model at the L.A. Models agency. It lists her stats as follows -- 5-foot 11-inches, 34-24-35.5, dress size 2 to 4, show size 9.5, brown hair and blue - green eyes.
5. She once competed for the title of Miss Georgia.
Webb was born in Montogmery, Alabama but attended Northside High School in Columbus, Georgia. In 2007, after graduating, she competed in the Miss Georgia USA pageant and made the top 15 and won Miss Photogenic Georgia, USA, according to the Miss Universe website.
"She decided that she would not compete in another pageant until she received her degree and gained more experience," the site states.
6. She is a graduate of Auburn University.
Webb obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration from Auburn University in May 2011. Less than a year later, in January 2012, was crowned Miss Alabama USA.
7. She has vitiligo.This factoid also comes from the Miss Universe website. This is the same skin condition that Michael Jackson had.