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Up Close | A Model Hand

Ever wonder about that perfect hand holding a pile of jewels?

It’s hard to hear “hand model” and not think of a brilliant instance of George Costanza’s insanity. However, at a recent jewelry shoot, we started talking to lovely hand model Christina Ambers because we had a few questions about the real thing. Here, talk to The Hand.

JC: How did you become a hand model? Is there an interesting story behind your hands being “discovered”?

CA: I have a bit of a Cinderella story. I was working in a hospital and was very unhappy. I decided to try regular modeling. Photographers noticed my hands. I had pictures taken and found my agent. My first job as a hand model was an 8-page story in W with Richard Burbridge.

JC: What’s the best thing about being a hand model?

CA: The best thing is that I love doing it. It’s also a legitimate excuse not to do housework!

JC: What’s the most unusual and/or difficult thing about being a hand model?

CA: Contorting my body in positions so my face and body don’t show, but my hand looks natural. Sometimes I have to hold these positions for hours and it can get quite painful.

JC: Could you share some tips on how to keep your hands looking their best?

CA: The best thing for keeping hands flawless is to avoid housework at all costs! Unfortunately, that’s unrealistic, so I suggest moisturizing hands frequently throughout the day, especially after washing them.

JC: Do you have any special hand model “moves”?

If you hold your hands up in the air right before you shoot a picture, the veins disappear.

Pro tip: Apply cuticle oil every night!