She was the youngest model to ever appear on a Vogue cover, was romantically linked to Heath Ledger, and is now a high-flying Hollywood star. Meet FashionTV’s Model of the Week, Gemma Ward.
Fashion Fact: Gemma won FashionTV’s “First Face” title for opening the most shows over the Spring 2006 fashion week season.
Though many of you will be screaming from the rooftops that this Perth-born beauty is no longer “officially” a model; with the recent screening of ‘The Great Gatsby’ at Cannes Film Festival, we thought it the perfect moment to take a look back at the gorgeous Australian’s incredible career. She did after all land the role of “Languid Girl” alongside Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation.
FashionTV takes you on a journey as we tell the tale of Ward’s transition from top model to top movie star in just a few short years.
Becoming a Model
Who could resist Ward’s doll-like features, piercing blue eyes, and platinum blonde hair? Well for one model scout he simply couldn’t, as Ward sat in the audience of Australian TV show “Search for a Supermodel,” where she had come to support friends. After being convinced to participate, and despite not winning, she was signed to Vivien’s Fox agency and made her catwalk debut as an exclusive at the Spring 2004 Prada show in Milan.
This would mark the beginning of an extravagant and ambitious career for the fresh faced model, who went on to become one of the most sought after runway models of her time, feature on over 30 Vogue covers worldwide, as well as being named in the Forbe’s “World’s Top Earning Models” list by the age of 19. And this was just the beginning…