Gemma Ward Biography
Gemma Louise Ward is an Australian supermodel and actress. She is 5 ft 10 in or 1.78 m tall. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Ward was first scouted at the age of 14 and made her Australian Fashion Week debut aged 15. She later became the youngest model to appear on the cover of the American edition of Vogue, later appearing on the covers of both Teen Vogue and Time.
Vogue Paris would later declare her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Ward is widely considered to be a supermodel.
Ward’s first major acting appearance was in the 2007 Australian film The Black Balloon, and she has since also appeared in the film The Strangers (2008) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Gemma Ward Age
Gemma Ward was born on 3 November 1987, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Gemma Ward Family
Ward is the second of four children of Gary Ward, an Australian doctor, and Claire, an English nurse. She has an older sister, Sophie (who also became a model), and younger twin brothers, Oscar and Henry.
Gemma Ward Education
She was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Shenton College. Gemma was the family clown whose ambition was acting. Her passion for acting was born in 1997 when she was cast as the witch in a school play of Hansel and Gretel at age ten.
Ward’s brush with modeling was an accidental one. She was discovered in 2002, at the age of fourteen, while accompanying her friends to the Australian modeling competition Search for a Supermodel. As she said in a Teen Vogue interview, she ended up being scouted herself
I had come straight from my auntie and uncle’s farm, and I was wearing this big gray barn jacket with mud all over it. When the scout came up to me, I said, ‘No, thank you.’ They forged my mum’s signature [for mandatory parental consent], and pushed me in front of the cameras.
Ward didn’t win the competition, but her fragile, unique look, got the attention of a spotter from Vivien’s Model Agency who saw her potential and made a showreel. The showreel then landed on the desk of ace model scout David Cunningham from the New York City agency IMG. Look how confident she is. I mean, she looks like she’s been doing this for years, and she’s a 15-year-old kid walking in an alleyway in Perth. She’s a supermodel, for sure, Cunninghams.
Gemma Ward Husband
Ward is married to David Letts. The pair have two children; daughter Naia, three, and seven-month-old son Jett. She was named the world’s 10th highest-earning model by Forbes in 2007 but quit the industry only to make a triumphant return in 2014.
Gemma Ward Net Worth
Gemma Ward is an Australian fashion model and actress who has a net worth of $6 million dollars
Gemma Ward Modelling
At 15 Ward made her Australian Fashion Week debut in May 2003. Within a year, Ward was in Italy meeting Prada designer Miuccia Prada. Her look inspired a new generation of baby doll-like models such as Vlada Roslyakova, Heather Marks, Lily Cole, and Lisa Cant. In September 2004, at only sixteen, Ward became the youngest model to appear on American Vogue photographed by Steven Meisel as one of the nine Models of the Moment with Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bündchen, Isabeli Fontana, Karolina Kurkova, Liya Kebede, Hana Soukupova and Karen Elson. By the end of the year, Ward had appeared on the cover of Australian Vogue three times, British Vogue, Vogue Paris, and Vogue Japan.
By 2006, Ward became Australia’s brightest fashion star since Elle Macpherson. At the age of 18, Ward became the first model ever to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue magazine. She was then featured in the Australian television program 60 Minutes as the It Girl. She was earning $25,000 to stride the catwalk. In Allure magazine, Ward is described as “the model of the moment. Allure’s creative director Paul Cavaco stated. We went through a period that was very va-va-voom, but now the pendulum has swung back. Gemma is ethereal, not earthy. Photographer Michael Thompson says She’s an exotic blonde, the rarest of creatures.
In May 2007, Ward again was featured on the cover of Vogue Italia. In July, earning at an estimated total of $3 million in the past 12 months, Forbes ranked her tenth on the list of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. In October 2007 Ward appeared on the cover of the very first issue of Vogue India, centered between Bollywood actresses Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra shot by photographer Patrick Demarchelier and it became the second time Ward has appeared on an inaugural issue. Ward is only the third model, after Moss and Linda Evangelista to appear on two inaugural issues of Vogue. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Gemma Ward Acting
Ward has long aspired to pursue acting and drama is a passion that she has held since she was a child. She starred alongside Toni Collette and Rhys Wakefieldin Australian director Elissa Down’s film The Black Balloon as the girlfriend of a boy whose brother has autism. The Black Balloon had its world premiere at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany on February 2008, where it received a Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the Generation 14pluscategory. She was also cast opposite Liv Tyler in the suspense thriller The Strangers as one of the three masked intruders, “Dollface. In the summer of 2009, she took classes at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
After three years out of the spotlight, Ward made her international stage debut on 22 March 2011 for the (PTC) Perth Theatre Company’s production of The Ugly One. The play centers on the modern obsession with physical beauty and the need to resort to plastic surgery. Her star power brought PTC publicity and boosted ticket sales. Perth Now’s Maria Noakes gave Ward positive reviews for her performance.
MTV Networks’ NextMovie.com named her one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’. In the summer of 2011, Ward played Tamara, an antagonistic mermaid, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opposite Johnny Depp.
Gemma Ward Retire
n August 2008, reports surfaced that Ward was to retire from modeling to pursue acting. However, reports were quickly dismissed by Ward herself saying. I was surprised to wake up this morning and read news of my own retirement. While I am taking some time off currently to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family, I am still very much a working model and actress. I’m only 20, for God’s sakes.
Ward wouldn’t walk down a runway after the spring 2008 shows for five years. Her final modeling job before her hiatus was an appearance on the cover of and inside the October 2008 issue of Spanish Marie Claire. Slightly over a year later, on November 2009, Ward’s agent officially announced her retiring from the industry after her notable absence in the past few runway seasons.
Following a series of criticisms about her weight gain, a spokesperson from Viviens modeling agency in New York released a statement, saying. Gemma hasn’t committed to returning to modeling at any time soon”, adding Ward had the agency’s full support. Again, Ward quickly dismissed the retirement claims, confirming that she would return to modeling in 2010.
After avoiding the spotlight for three years, Ward opened up in an exclusive interview for The Sunday Telegraph on 30 January 2011. There she explained that her break from the media spotlight was something spurred by Heath’s death.
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