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  • Yes, I have held an apple before.

  • Plenty of coffees.

  • Phones, makeup, lipstick, lots of nail polish.

  • For the past decade hand modeling has been my full-time job.

  • It really is funny work.

  • I'm Adele Uddo and I am a parts model.

  • Parts modeling is short for body parts modeling so I mainly do hands but I've done lips, legs, feet, eyes, chest, even ear lobes.

  • I am generally known as a high-end hand--Dior and Christian Louboutin.

  • Most parts models have a side gig.

  • There's just a handful of us, so to speak, that do it full time.

  • It's sort of a you know underground-ish subculture of modeling.

  • It's something that I sort of fell into.

  • I certainly didn't plan for a career in parts.

  • I had been told a few times, mainly by my grandmother, that I had nice hands so I went on a casting once and ended up booking this big job, and thought, you know, maybe my grandmother is onto something.

  • What they typically look for is like, the shape of the hand: Long fingers, thin wrists, great skin tone is crucial.

  • If you look good cropped, you've got a career.

  • I love parts modeling in that I can be, like, viewed by millions of people and still remain private and anonymous.

  • For many years I felt almost ashamed to be a parts model and I think it was ultimately because I was raised by this hippie feminist mother and her friends.

  • I felt like I was somehow betraying them by becoming this objectified body parts model.

  • There was this girly part of me that just wanted to express myself and wear lipstick and somehow I felt guilty when I did that.

  • I really love what I do, and I'm grateful for what I've been able to do.

  • Sometimes I judge myself for not being deep enough, you know, I've wanted to contribute more to society than nice nail beds.

  • I'm not too precious with my parts.

  • I have learned to take pride in my work and to take it more seriously than I used to.

  • But I also want to have a life and use my hands.

  • I garden, I hike, I swim, I dance.

  • I would say that when your body becomes sort of an object it's harder in some ways to inhabit it.

  • Because my body parts are literally under a microscope, a macro lens and everything shows, I think I scrutinize myself more than actually I have felt scrutinized by the industry.

  • I admit to obsessively moisturising.

  • Probably five-ish to 15 times-ish a day.

  • So every year I'm going through at least a gallon of lotion.

  • I created a lotion actually, Essentiel by Adele.

  • Sort of out of necessity because I had to keep my skin in shape for these macro close-up photographs where it's literally down to the cuticle.

  • So I ultimately wanted, like, a premium face lotion I could afford to put all over my body.

  • I don't believe you need a bazillion bottles in your bathroom, I believe it can be a lot more simple and more effective.

  • It's not that difficult, it ultimately comes down to ingredients.

  • I don't really consider myself a great cook but I can cook a good lotion.

  • I don't think you can really miss that there's sort of an inherent absurdity to what I do.

  • I'm always surprised at how natural the hands look when I'm hand doubling for someone because it's such an unnatural process.

  • I'm, you know, underneath someone's arm pit like trying to gracefully put my hand on the side of their face.

  • Parts modelling is what I do, it's not really who I am.

  • It's part of who I am, and I've learned to appreciate it.

  • But yeah, I don't take it all so seriously.

  • Now I realize we can be many things, many parts we can have even conflicting parts of ourselves; I can be superficial and deep, you know, it's not an either or.

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