A glamour model who infamously stripped naked at an AFL grand final has no regrets about her 15 seconds of fame as she contemplates her next career move.
Heather McCartney flashed 100,000 fans at the MCG during the 2014 blockbuster between Hawthorn and Sydney Swans as part of a bet she would ‘get naked’ if the Hawks won.
Seven years on, the Gold Coast-based Scottish expat, now 33, still models occasionally and recently appeared in Maxim men’s magazine.
But Ms McCartney says her most important role is being a mum to five-year-old daughter Annah Rose, dubbed a miracle baby after she fell pregnant with her while in remission for cancer.
Ms McCartney had just begun treatment for aplastic anemia, a cancer of the blood, when she hit the headlines after her daring stunt at the MCG.
Heather McCartney caused a stir by stripping naked in a corporate box at the 2014 AFL grand final (pictured)
Seven years on and now a mum, the model has no regrets about her infamous stunt that made headlines around the world
‘It was a bucket list moment, I guess,’ Ms McCartney told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I had a lot going on in my life prior. I could have been dead a week later so thought why not?
‘I learned how to win over half of Australia and p*** off the other half.
‘I made history. Why would I regret that?’
She still gets recognised by die-hard AFL fans over her raunchy antics.
‘I don’t really feel anything. I’ve came along way since then,’ she said.
Hawthorn won back-to-back premiership flags for the first time since 1988/89 that day with a 63 point win.
She had previously vowed to repeat the stunt if Scotland ever became independent but has since changed her mind.
‘Nah, no way. I could never top that. Nobody could,’ Ms McCartney said.
She fought police, kicking, punching and biting three officers as they tried to arrest her and spent the night in a police cell.
Heather (at the 2014 AFL grand final) vowed to take off her clothes if Hawthorn won. The Hawks beat the Swans by 63 points
Heather leads a quieter life these days as a devoted mum to Annah Rose (right)
After being released from custody the next day, she posted a raunchy photograph of herself, with her hair in pigtails, wearing a yellow bikini top and dark bottoms – Hawthorn colours – and a footy in one hand.
Ms McCartney pleaded guilty to several charges including an act in an indecent manner and was fined $300 with no conviction recorded.
Magistrate Alan Spillane described her actions during arrest as ‘pretty nasty offending’.
‘The part I think is really worrying is basically you were biting and hitting out at people who were out trying to do their job,’ he told her.
Ms McCartney gained a significant number of followers on her official Facebook fan page ‘Miss Lady Darling’.
She later went into remission and had given up partying and booze when she found out she was 24 weeks pregnant in March 2016 during a health check.
Heather’s raunchy antics at the MCG saw her spent a night in a police cell
Her ‘miracle baby’ Annah Rose arrived three months later.
‘I was pretty shocked at first, but I’m pretty excited and happy about it,’ Ms McCartney told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
‘I just told them what had been happening – I had just been feeling normal but I started thinking my stomach was getting a big bigger.
‘I didn’t think there was a chance I could get pregnant.’
While she enjoys being in front of the camera for modelling and product endorsements, Ms McCartney’s biggest priority in her life is her daughter.
‘Everything I do at the moment is with my best friend,’ she said.
‘She’s not at school just yet so we are spending lots of time together travelling. I look after homes and pets in Australia.
‘It’s a good way to see the country. I’ve been back in front of the camera briefly too.’
Despite more than 321,000 Instagram followers, she’s yet to make the transition to OnlyFans – unlike many online influencers.
‘I don’t really have the time for a huge commitment like that right now,’ she said.
‘It looks like a full-time job. I don’t get a minute to myself yet.
‘Never say never though, I would maybe think about it one day if I had a unique niche.
‘I would want to do a travel one. Especially watching the struggles of communication being Scottish.’
Heather found out she was pregnant with Annah while in cancer remission
It’s been more than a decade since Ms McCartney arrived in Australia as a young backpacker seeking a new life after graduating from university in Scotland.
‘I can’t say it’s been a quiet 10 years,’ she laughed.
‘Full of ups and downs, getting married, getting sick, getting famous, beating cancer, falling pregnant, divorce and rebuilding my life from scratch.
‘I’m just starting to really understand and enjoy what life has to offer by being a mum. It was the making of me, that’s for sure.’
Ms McCartney hopes to seek more work opportunities when Annah starts school.
She is considering joining OnlyFans when she has more time. ‘It looks like a full-time job,’ she said.
‘Everything I do at the moment is with my best friend,’ Heather said (pictured with five-year-old daughter Annah)
She also hopes to do more travel now that she finally has her drivers licence.
‘Being a single mum for the past four years, I’ve been working hard to get her to where she is now,’ she said.
‘I will be focusing on my health and well-being. I’m in communication with new agencies for work.
‘2022 is looking to be a blessed and busy year.’
Heather said 2022 is looking to be a ‘ blessed and busy year’