A “Parts Model”? 

Back in 2004, Kimbra Hickey was paid $300 for a two-hour photo shoot featuring her hands. Since then, the results of that shoot have been seen on the cover of millions of copies of Stephanie Meyer’s book Twilight. Now, Ms. Hickey is apparently trying to cash in on the immense popularity surrounding the vampire series.

The cover of Twilight

The good-natured Hickey sometimes hangs out near the cash register at the Barnes & Noble near her Greenwich Village apartment to spread the word. Surprised customers sometimes ask her for her autograph or to trace the outline of her hand on the book jacket.

She even carries around a Gala apple in her purse at times so she can recreate the pose for people.

Alternately, surprised customers do anything they can think of to appease the strange woman accosting them as they buy books for their 13-year-old daughters.

“I see people reading it on the subway, and I say, ‘Those are my hands! I’m a hand model!’ ” she explained. “I’m sure they think I’m crazy — a crazy lady on the subway.”

Thankfully, you’ve got that apple in your purse as proof!