In October of last year, Playboy announced that their magazine would no longer feature full-frontal nudity starting in March 2016. Pamela Anderson was chosen to be the final celebrity to pose nude for the 62-year-old magazine.
Earlier this month, Playboy revealed that the first cover model for their first non-nude issue would be 19-year-old Sarah McDaniel. McDaniel is particularly unique because she has heterochromia iridum, a condition that causes one eyes color to be different from the others.
I didnt always want to be a model. I knew from a pretty young age, maybe 16, that I wanted to focus on it but I never really thought that I could do it. I would say it would be two years ago is when I really started getting serious about it and started getting more people paying attention to me.
Although McDaniel has over 320,000 Instagram followers, she doesnt consider herself an Instagram model, however.
People think that I got famous from instagram, but I was already a model before. I was actually doing more things in modeling before the [Playboy] cover news came out.
I like to show people more in depth about what I like because I really love being in nature. I like to post that kind of stuff [on social media] because I feel like it attracts people that like the same things as me. I want to have that kind of fan base rather than just posting booty pics or whatever. I feel like you get the wrong kind of attention.
Born in Roseville, California, McDaniel moved to San Diego when she eight-years-old and had to move multiple times all over Southern California during high school because of her fathers work as a project manager. Because of that, she had a hard time forming close friends and was often bullied because of her appearance.
My teeth were horrible before I got braces. I gained a little weight when I was younger there were so many other things that I stressed about. I didnt wear makeup all through high school or middle school.
I never had a friend group or anyone who would stand up for me. I think it was being tall and weird looking and still growing into my features. I think the biggest thing was probably my braces or teeth or personality; people didnt like me all around. I just didnt really connect with a lot of the kids. Maybe because I was super into Lord of the Rings a little too much maybe that scared a little people off. (laughs)