Maybe I put too much faith in technology, but I assumed that the man hands on the cover of Tina Fey‘s Bossypants book were added in after the fact. It’s refreshing to hear that the designers went the old-fashioned route and hired a hand model to stand behind Fey and pose with her. Details caught up with hand model Joe Rosario and got him to dish on how the cover came together.
“I was just told it was a shoot for Tina Fey’s book — I had no idea it was for the cover,” he said. “I thought it was basically something for a picture inside the book. When I got there, the room was filled with a lot of props and outfits. She had just finished getting shot in something like an Annie Oakley outfit. So the way the process is done is, she’s posed with her arms to her sides. I get behind her and stick my arms through her armholes, and I start playing around, touching her face and doing all these other crazy things, stuff that [the photographer Ruven Afandor's] telling me. She’s tiny, and I’m, like, six-two. They had to put her on an applebox to make her even with me.”
I remember that improv game from watching reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on ABC Family. Whether Fey or the cover designers were considering that specific origin of it, it’s fun that a layered joke made its way onto the cover of her book.