Auburn grad Katherine Webb will be in 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

“A lot of people have said I’m the anti-Kim Kardashian and I’m all right with that.”

Maxim? Please. This is Auburn graduate Katherine Webb we’re talking about, America’s overnight sweetheart, the “anti-Kim Kardashian,” as she says some folks have called her (“I’m from Alabama and I have morals and I have class”). Think a little classier, a little bigger… you know… Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue big.

Yep, after Webb let the tweet out of the bag for a split second this morning, SI has officially confirmed it. And posted a Q&A with Webb to boot. Here’s the part we care about:

SI.com: What has it been like to be an Auburn grad dating an Alabama student? Can you even walk around the Auburn campus anymore?

Webb: Luckily, I graduated in May 2011, so I haven’t had a reason to go back on campus unless it’s been for a football game. I’ve had a little bit of backlash from Auburn, and I understand. Auburn and Alabama have one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. But I lived in Los Angeles and there aren’t a lot of great guys in L.A., so for me to find someone who has a good, humble heart and who is amazing and treats me so well, that’s a really special find for me. At the end of the day, football is just a game. I don’t care if he’s from Alabama or wherever, I don’t pay attention to the rivalry when it comes to my personal relationship.

Just so we’re clear, most folks likely don’t have a problem with the dating; mixed marriages are an accepted fact of life in the Heart of Dixie. It’s the seeming assimilation–all that rolling and tiding on camera. But hey.

Here’s our interview with the last Auburn grad to pose for S.I.’s swimsuit issue.

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