Gemma Ward, 28

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Legends Of The Catwalk - In­ter­view by Prue Lew­ing­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tim Hunter

SHE IS KNOWN for her ethe­real fea­tures, but be­neath the baby-doll looks Gemma Ward has al­ways played by her own rules.

“I was al­ways aware of the larger scope of things. Suc­cess hap­pened overnight and I felt grate­ful, but was liv­ing in an ab­nor­mal world,” she says.

Within weeks of land­ing in New York at age 15, Ward was be­ing booked by brands such as Chris­tian Dior and Calvin Klein. A year later she was the youngest model to score a US Vogue cover.

De­spite her It-girl sta­tus, Ward re­tired fol­low­ing the death of close friend, ac­tor Heath Ledger, in 2008. Af­ter dab­bling in film, she set­tled down with her part­ner David Letts, had a baby, and re­turned to the catwalk in 2014. She is now preg­nant with their se­cond child.

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