Gemma Ward, 28
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.