Give it up for Ju Lulu, hand model extraordinaire
A pair of perfect hands is dancing to Thai music, preening like a peacock, following the rhythm of the music completely. The owner of this pair of beautiful hands is 20-year-old Ju Lulu, a rising superstar in the field of hand modeling.
Hand modeling is a new kind of modeling in China. It has no need for a runway; instead, the hands are used to sell accessories such as jewelry, watches and mobile phones. Hand modeling has only been around in China for the last few years. The industry's growth owes much to a belligerent dog. Xie Aihong, a hand model earning no less than 3,000 yuan per advertisement, was bitten on the left hand by a dog in 2002, resulting in a permanent scar. Xie was forced to retire from the industry. The court ruled the dog's owner pay her 90,000 yuan in compensation. The case caused a public sensation, resulting in widespread publicity for the growing industry and hundreds of new applicants seeking fame and fortune for their hands.
By 2002, hand modeling had made its first appearance as an industry. It rapidly spread to Guangzhou, Qingdao, and Chengdu. For the moment, Chinese hand modeling follows the examples of the more established Japanese and Korean industries, but efforts are underway by top hand model schools to create China's own unique style.