$9k secret behind this photo

Woman’s bizarre modelling job earns her almost $9000 a day. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor
Woman’s bizarre modelling job earns her almost $9000 a day. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor

A hand model has carved such a successful career that she has now insured her assets for £2 million ($A3.5 million).

Nina Taylor has spent the past three decades showcasing her hands in some of the industry's biggest advertising campaigns, earning her the nickname the "Kate Moss of hand models".

And it seems Nina can even outdo Kate in some areas, having been hired to act as her "hand double" in the past.

The London-based model has also been the fingers for the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Imbruglia, Demi Moore and Eva Herzigova.

It might look like this model is holding her own hands to her face. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor
It might look like this model is holding her own hands to her face. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor

In fact, whenever you spot a pair of hands in an advert, whether that's on TV, in a magazine or on a billboard, there's a high chance they belong to Nina.

The high demand for Nina's slender fingers means she now rakes in up to £5000 ($A8875) a day for her services as she explains in new documentary Million Pound Hand Job being aired in the UK.

She even bagged almost $2000 for five minutes of work when she stroked Benedict Cumberbatch's face back in 2012.

Nina says her niche skill puts her in higher demand than most models, as she can work across many brands at once.

But a behind-the-scenes snap shows the truth, with Nina holding her own hands on the model to make them appear as hers. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor
But a behind-the-scenes snap shows the truth, with Nina holding her own hands on the model to make them appear as hers. Picture: Instagram / Nina Taylor

Speaking in the documentary, she said: "Being just hands means being anonymous, there's no conflict of interest.

"You can work on all these different brands, you're working every single day. You're double-booked, triple-booked. That all adds up."

Her versatility has allowed her to secure campaigns with the likes of Tom Ford, Chanel, Fendi and Lulu Guinness.

 


But in order to keep her hands in pristine condition, Nina has to sacrifice certain things in life.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, she previously revealed: "If you look at a nail with a camera you might see all sorts of imperfections, but I'm looking after my hands and my nails and my cuticles all day long.

"If I wanted to do gardening I wouldn't be able to or play the guitar," she continued. "I have developed techniques like opening cans and stuff like that."

She explained she was asked to double for people not because their hands were unattractive but because it required a special skill.

 


She continued: "There's a certain skill required for it, you've got to be really precise, you have to hold really still, it's a precision work and that comes with experience."

Nina also admits her services are still cheaper than the likes of those she doubles for. "I could spend all day on set just doing one shot that takes a few seconds. I am a lot cheaper to book than Kate Moss" she said.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission