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How "Twilight" made hand model Kimbra Hickey a star

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(Read caption) Kimbra Hickey's hands grace the cover of the first novel of Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular "Twilight" series.

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Not even the pasta served in the fictional "Twilight" books escaped fame, so it’s no surprise to see the hand model used for the book cover giving a public wave.

Turns out that “parts model” Kimbra Hickey is the face behind the now-famous image of ghostly hands cupping a red apple. At the time, Hickey wrote on her “Hands of Twilight” website, it was just a shot for a teenage romance novel. She knew nothing about the book. Now, she’s on the “Twi-Tour” convention circuit, traveling the country and using her hands to sign autographs. In the works, her site said, are sales of a “Hands of Twilight” body lotion (apple-scented, of course), and an apple charm necklace. (Her 1,200-plus followers on Twitter include “MrsEddieCullen” and “Newborn_Bella.”)

But now Hickey's bite of the apple is drawing some blowback. New York magazine describes Hickey this way: “She doesn't understand why she isn't more famous. It's cute at first, and then you realize she's not kidding about this.” Other headlines joke about her seeking “hands-on glory.”

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