Gemma Howorth, the 27-year-old hand model from Chelsea has revealed recently that her hands are insured for an astonishing £5million.
The model’s “flawless” hands have been used in adverts for brands including Fairy Liquid, Cadbury’s and Rimmel. Howorth, who claims a normal photoshoot earns her an average of £100 an hour, says she can command up to £2,500 daily as a “hand double” for celebrities, such as Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Kylie Minogue.
Howorth says she follows a regime of moisturising her hands daily….30 times daily to be exact. She is also careful to avoid fat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in her diet. She says that her ‘secret weapon’ for keeping age at bay is a £1.50 over-the-counter bottle of almond oil. She said: “I have tested hundreds of products, and I always go back to my almond oil. It is the cheapest and best. Some other products don’t seem to sink into the skin, but almond oil does. It really nourishes, and you don’t need separate hand creams and cuticle oils.”
Unsurprisingly, Howorth avoids household chores like the plague, happily leaving her husband to do the dirty work. “I can’t remember the last time I washed anything without wearing gloves,” she said. “It’s really bad for your hands. I have a dishwasher, a cleaner and a husband. I sunbathe with gloves on. I forgot the gloves once and, even with high-factor sun cream, I noticed tiny wrinkles developing on my hands. Even opening the fridge door could break a nail. Rummaging in your handbag is potentially lethal. You have to open it carefully, so you don’t get a paper cut.” (Say what?!)
It is the terrible risks of day-to-day life that prompted Howorth to insure her hands at Lloyd’s of London, meaning she could claim on insurance if she is subject to the horrific ordeal of, shock horror, getting a paper cut. “If I cut my hand I might not work for two weeks,” she says, “and that could be thousands of pounds lost.” Sob.
She adds, “There are clauses for things like broken wrists, and if one of my fingers gets chopped off, I get a very big payout.” Ooh!