The Life Of A Hand Model: Inside The Secretive World Of Parts Modeling
I had been told I had nice hands, mainly by my grandmother,” says Adele Uddo, one of America’s preeminent hand models. “I went to a casting at one point for OPI [nail] polish and booked this big campaign – I though, ‘wow, Grandma knows best.’”
At 5’7”, Uddo was too short to be a fashion model, but soon found her deep nail beds and delicate hands booking campaigns with Essie, MAC and Macy’s. Today, a trip to Sephora or a quick flip through the latest issue of Vogue might show her fingers clasping Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume, Christian Louboutin’s new nail polish or Dior’s Rouge lipstick tubes.
Parts models can be hired for any body part highlighted in an editorial shoot or advertising campaign. Delicate looking hands, often with slightly longer nails, tend to book fashion and beauty shoots, while pretty yet practical hands get more commercial work for food and cleaning products.