Sarah Rose McDaniel (born 30 July 1995) is an American Instagram model with over 941,000 followers. In March 2016, she became the first non-nude model for Playboy. Though her natural eye color is brown, she claims to have heterochromia iridum, a condition that causes one’s eyes to be different colors. To achieve the appearance of heterochromia, McDaniel wore various blue contact lenses in her left eye until July 2017, when she traveled to India and had a blue BrightOcular artificial iris implanted in that eye. There are severe complications associated with this surgery, including permanent damage and loss of vision.
Born in Roseville, California, McDaniel moved to San Diego when she was eight years old. During high school she had to move multiple times all over Southern California because of her father’s work as a project manager. Because of that, she had a hard time forming close friendships and claims she was often bullied because of her appearance (i.e., her nonexistent heterochromia). Eventually McDaniel dropped out of high school to pursue a modeling career with the help of her father. She has claimed: "I went to three different high schools and then graduated online because I was moving so much".
McDaniel has faced criticism for routinely posting other people’s photos without crediting the model or photographer and presenting their work as her own; manipulating her photos to an extreme degree; lying about her eye color, age, birthplace, and other personal details; plagiarizing written material, including blog posts by Rachael "Steak" Finley; writing an anti-vaccine article and producing other poorly researched "journalism"; overall lack of professionalism, e.g. in 2017 after attending the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's annual fundraising gala she wrote "#theydontactuallyhelpanything"; etc.