It's the image that has become forever entwined with the "Twilight" phenomenon: two ghost-white hands holding an apple. So it is a little strange that the woman behind those hands has only recently come into the public consciousness thanks to the New York Post. But it's not that she hasn't been trying.
"I see people reading it on the subway, and I say, 'Those are my hands! I'm a hand model!'" Kimbra Hickley told the NY Post. "I'm sure they think I'm crazy—a crazy lady on the subway." She also said that she often will hang out near the cash register at Barnes & Noble to tell people buying the book that she is the woman holding the apple. She even keeps a Gala apple in her purse just in case she needs to prove herself.
So what is Kimbra looking for? Just a little recognition—and maybe a role in "Breaking Dawn." "If I could get a little background part, it would be fantastic, even if they only wanted my hands in it," she said. "[The book cover] was major exposure for my hands, but nobody knew who I was."
Kimbra has been traveling the "Twilight" fan convention circuit to try to get out and meet the fans. "It was too big of a deal just to let it be," she said, though she's admitted that she is now "a little goofy" about the whole thing. So far she's met four fans who have had the iconic image of her hands tattooed on themselves.
"Twilight" has certainly changed the lives of many involved in the making of the books and movies, so while it's a little silly, it only makes sense that Kimbra would want to have her part in the fad known. Especially since the modeling gig—which took two hours of her time and required she file her nails down short so they looked like a teenager's hands—only made her $300.
Considering she's typically a foot model, though, Kimbra should consider herself lucky that she even got the job. "I never see myself as having perfect hands," she explained. "I guess I'm just lucky that they photograph well."
Would you like to see Kimbra get a small role in "Breaking Dawn"?