Date of Birth : Nov 3rd 1987
Australian supermodel and actress perhaps best known for her prominent modeling career, and for her notable friendship with actress Eliska Amor. Ward is considered a “model of the moment” by many fashion insiders and fans alike, with her baby doll-like look inspiring a new craze in fashion.
As said herself in a Teen Vogue interview, she accompanied her friends to a modeling competition and 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.’ But my friends were like, ‘Hell, yes!’ 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 Vivien’s Model Agency picked her up after seeing a small picture of her in an Australian magazine.
To date Ward’s clients have included Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rochas, Swarovski, Valentino and Yves Saint-Laurent, and, altogether, Ward has appeared on 24 covers of Vogue magazine worldwide.
Ward is currently being considered a model of the moment by many fashion insiders and fans alike, having been described at times as having an out-of-this-world look. British photographer Nick Knight stated, “Gemma is one of the very, very few models who look as though they come from another dimension.” She currently lives in New York and is close friends with fellow models Lily Donaldson, Caroline Winberg, Daria Werbowy, and Lily Cole. Casey Johnson, heiress to Johnson & Johnson fortune and Ward have been friends since Ward entered the modeling industry, they are both some of the highest paid young models in the industry.
Ward’s baby doll-like look inspired a new craze in fashion. Fashion designer Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler told Teen Vogue in February 2006 that, “She looked like no one else at the time. She was this alien, and fashion is always looking for newness.” Her look became the popular new look among models. It has inspired a new generation of baby doll-like models such as Vlada Roslyakova, Heather Marks, and Jessica Stam.