After graduating from Barnard College, Ellen was ironically brutalizing her hands and feet while working as a professional dancer and waitress when she accidentally stumbled upon the world of “parts” modeling. As luck would have it, her first modeling stint was as a leg and foot model. She soon realized, however, that the busiest parts in the biz were hands. Only her agent didn’t think hers were a winning pair.Determined to nail it as a hand supermodel, Ellen began a rigorous hand makeover effort – resulting in some peculiar affectations and habits that she swears by to this day.
For starters, she spent years seeking out the most moisturizing ingredients available and began developing a systematic approach to hand care. Over time, she began wearing sun-gloves to protect her hands from the damaging rays of the sun, minimizing her intake of caffeine, salt and alcohol (to avoid swelling) and eliminating all sources of hand jeopardy!
As a result, she single-handedly and literally, was able to turn back the hands of time – at least where her hands are concerned. And, the rest is history. Ellen has been booking job after job and her hands show no signs of slowing down.
As she pursued her drive to perfect her hands and become a super model in the field, Ellen gained the upper hand with an unusual body of knowledge, which broadened as Ellen’s chronological age increased. Even now, at 47 years old, Ellen’s hands are used as a “hand-in” for models and actresses in their twenties!
Using her own hands, Ellen carefully experimented for years – both defensively and offensively to find how to keep her hands soft, ageless and healthy. On the offensive side she has created easy hand saving tricks to allow her to be a busy working mom while keeping her hands looking and feeling their best. On the defensive/product side, Ellen worked with different formulations and ingredients to find what worked best on the delicate skin of the hands. Eventually this passion and knowledge lead to Ellen founding Hand Perfection, the first award-winning, clinically-proven line of beauty products dedicated to the specific anti-aging needs of the hands and nails.
Ellen has been featured as a Hand Care Expert by Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, People, Penthouse, Vogue, Woman’s Day and Woman’s World, and has made a handful of TV appearances on shows like CBS Morning News, HSN, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Entertainment Tonight, The Early Show, Eyewitness News and Good Day NY. Recently, Ellen was nominated as a RISING STAR 2011 by Fashion Group International.
Ellen recently joined the Advisory Board of The Polished Girlz, a team of tween girls, started by 10 year old Alanna J. Wall in 2010. The “Polished Girlz” is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps girls with special needs and frequent hospitalizations feel beautiful by polishing their nails and teaching them about the importance of hand washing and infection reduction. The Advisory Board will help The “Polished Girlz” expand their reach with media opportunities, growing new chapters and sharing Ellen’s expertise as a longtime hand care professional.