Interview on The Doctors

Last year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed about my life as a hand model on the tv show, The Doctors.  The incredible hair stylist, Sydney Valentine of Goddard + Bragg Salon rocked an amazing cut and color and the LA Manicurist to the stars, Chantalynn Huynh beautified my hands for the pre-taping.

I arrived at the set and shared a dressing room with Fran, a remarkable woman who has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease her entire life.  She underwent an incredible procedure that enabled her to have a perception of vision with a bionic eye!  One day, they hope to restore some loss of sight with what they are learning from her experience!  Fran and her son, Eric, are lovely people and we had so much fun chatting before the taping.  Click here to watch Fran’s story!

The makeup and hair team at The Doctors is downright awesome.  Two lovely ladies who rocked my new style and made me feel fantastic.


Before the show I was sent images of Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Rachael Ross, Dr. Jennifer Ashton & Dr. Andrew Ordon’s hands to scout for any hand modeling potential.  I believe they all have already all found their true calling with having healing hands  😛

Dr. Stork has even skin tone, this is a key for a good hand model, as your skin has to be a nice even tone so that it is almost unnoticeable.  If you have skin discoloration or redness it can be distracting from the real star of the photo shoot – whatever the product.  When a hand is holding a bottle of dishwashing soap, the clients don’t want viewers to be distracted by the hand holding it.   Dr. Stork also had a good shape to his nails.  The nails were nice and rounded.  He did have a perfect hitch hikers thumb, which could be the perfect thumb for a very specific type of ad but would rule him out for most hand modeling work.

Dr. Ashton has lovely straight fingers.  Before I started hand modeling, I never really thought about fingers being straight or not, aren’t all fingers straight?  I soon discovered that was not the case as most fingers are not.  It is purely genetics and Dr. Ashton and I can thank our ancestors for passing along their straight fingers to us.  She also has a very nice curve to her thumb with a pretty shape.

Dr. Ordon had the best nails on the panel.  His nail shape is beautiful and you can tell he has taken great care with them.  That is a big key, you have to take care of your nails.  He was also blessed with the nice broad nail shape that is so wanted by clients for male hand models.

I declared Dr. Ross the winner of The Doctors Next Top Hand Model as she was blessed with great even skin tone, a nice shape to her nails with a great curve to her thumb AND she also has very versatile hands.  With a good manicure and polish, her hands could be in beauty or a jewlrey ad and if she removed the polish and had her nails filed short, she could also play the hands of children in toy or video game ads.  She has the hand size that can play both parts!

Thanks to the great peeps involved in the experience, I had a fantastic time with everyone, the studio audience was awesome and I hope one day, the legal department lets them release an outake of the Doctors reaction to what I originally said instead of ‘hand modeling jobs.’    hahahah  🙂

& I’m pleased to note that my penchant for making faces on camera is still going strong.  McKenzie & Matt nailed it with this camera snap of the episode!





g’day Australia! Sunrise Interview

When I got the email about being on the Australian morning show, Sunrise, I immediately wrote back and said yes and would they rather an in person interview?  I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, I worked with Scott Hicks on the movie Hearts in Atlantis years ago and I loved chatting with his family about their home country.  & my friend Meredith has fantastic stories about her time in the country.  One day, one day!!  If I ever make it down and around, I look forward to accepting their invitation to come join them at the studio.

The neatest thing of the whole experience was when I walked in the studio, the producer came right over and said ‘Ashly Covington?  Were you a For Kid Sake Ambassador for Channel 6?’
‘Yes, absolutely!’  My years as a FKS kid were life shaping for me.  It was a program developed by an amazing woman, Norma Blalock.  Norma created a team of kids that represented the television station.  We were at park openings, walked in the parades, read at the hospitals AND we got to ‘work’ at the station.  We had a saturday morning slot on the station and each week we created a new show.  They had us working all sides of production and it was a learning experience like none other.














Well, small worlds are small worlds and it turned out the producer standing in front of me was Sarah Alderson who was one of the producers of the FKS program.  It was incredible to catch up and to be able to make the connection of how those early years shaped everything that we are both doing today.  I’m forever indebted to WTVR TV6 for taking a chance on a group of kids and letting us create, grow and take responsibility for the community.  I’m also forever grateful to my mom who whisked all over town to get me everything I needed for the audition that I told her about probably the night before.  My mom rocks.

Sarah got me all set up with the earpiece and camera frame.  It is funny to try and listen to someone through an earpiece and chat back to the camera.  There was a bit of a delay but I am still impressed that I was able to chat with SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE and ANDREW O’KEEFE with such ease.  They were great fun and I hope one day I can meet them in Australia for an in person chat & ‘hand off’  🙂  We wanted to have a little hand judging competition but were unable to get a live feed situated back at my end in Virginia.



Interviews and LaLaLaing it.

This week has been a flurry of awesome.  That always seems to happen when I come to the warm coast.  I adore Los Angeles.  This town always revives me and gets the East Coast winter chill out of my bones (and fingertips)!

I came out for some interviews and some hand modeling work.  I am very excited about the interviews – I cannot wait untill I get the word that I can share and talk more about them!!!!  During one yesterday, I was asked about my first job ever and I found a copy!!!


I remember walking onto the set and not knowing at all what to expect.  I knew I was going to hold a phone and that I would be sharing the image with an adorable little girl.  The photographer, Ron Samardge, was amazing at giving us direction and helping us find a comfortable pose that we could hold for a long period of time.  I remember thinking ‘wow, that sure was easy’ after it was over.  Little did I know then that this was not typical for most hand jobs.  Most of the times when you are hand modeling, you have to keep your head and body out of the shot so you have to think like a contortionist.

This job was my beginning and I have loved the entire journey and can’t wait to see what is next.

People Magazine Interview

I woke up this past Friday to a flurry of texts and messages as friends found what I had been wondering about!!  A few months ago, a lovely gal from People Magazine contacted me about an interview.  We chatted on the phone for a few hours and I sent her some of my favorite images.  I had almost forgotten about it when I woke to all the notifications!  The issue was OUT!  I am so excited to see it in person, I still haven’t found a copy!!  Robyn, the owner of Cary St Cafe in Richmond, VA has a copy saved for me!!  THANK YOU ROBYN!!

The beautiful and talented actress, Jivelle Callender, was able to scan and send the article so that I didn’t have to wait till I could hold a copy in my hand to read the entire thing.  THANK YOU JIVELLE!!!

and drum roll – Handy in People Magazine (I’ve come a long way since the National Enquirer days!!)

Click the pic to get to the next page 🙂


Interview in Canada’s Fashion Magazine

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with a fabulous gal named Olivia.  She wa

nted to know all about hand modeling and how I got started as she was writing a piece for Fashion Magazine.  We chatted for over an hour as she was fascinated by all the little details that go into getting the perfect shot and all that also goes into keeping up perfect hands.  Lots of time and consistent care!!!

They decided to save the piece for their 35th Anniversary issue which was this November.  What an honor to be included in the anniversary issue.  I love the hand drawings they added to show the hands emoting.  hahah  🙂



Handy in The National Enquirer

Searching for a spooky sighting this Halloween? Perhaps the return of bat boy? Maybe an Elvis sighting in french toast? How about an alien abduction?
The 10/18 issue of The National Enquirer has it all INCLUDING the Terrifying Dismembered Hand of Ashen Ghoulington!!
……well okay, maybe it’s not THAT spooky, but check out the article! It’s full of handy tips from Ashly Covington & Ellen Sirot, so make sure you pick up a copy of The National Enquirer the next time you’re in line buying that last minute bag of “Halloween candy”
Its a boooootiful article!