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Gemma Ward

Gemma Ward was recently seen on screen in Elissa Down's The Black Balloon, in which she starred with Toni Collette, Luke Ford and Rhys Wakefield. She previously appeared in Down's feature Pink Pyjamas; and in singer John Mayer's 2004 music video Daughters.

Born and raised in Perth, Australia, one day as a teenager she accompanied a friend to a modeling contest. The judges asked Ward to enter, and she was soon signed by an agency in her hometown. So began a career that has since attained supermodel status.

A scout in New York saw her picture on the cover of an Australian magazine, and contacted her agency immediately. She was booked to appear in Prada's Spring 2002 runway show in Milan. This was swiftly followed by her first two major advertising campaigns for Versus (photographed by Steven Meisel) and Jill Stuart (photographed by Mario Sorrenti).

Since then, Ward has appeared in advertising campaigns for Jil Sander, Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Prada (in two consecutive seasons). She is also the face of Calvin Klein's fragrance Obsession Night, and of Kosé Cosmetics; and was featured in the most recent Swarovski jewelry campaign.

For the fall 2004 showings alone, Ward walked down 52 international designer catwalks. Those included Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Helmut Lang, Ungaro, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Mui Mui, Fendi, Gucci, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Luella Bartley, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta and Versace. Ward has appeared on the covers, and inside the pages, of Vanity Fair (with George Clooney, in the November 2006 issue); W, Time, i-D, Numero, Harper's Bazaar, PoP and Vogue (the Italian, British, French and Japanese editions). At age 16, Vogue's American edition profiled her in the feature Return of the Supermodel, making her the youngest model to ever appear on their cover. Ward was also on the cover of the debut issue of Vogue China, and was the first model ever to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue. In addition to being featured on Australian Vogue's November 2005 cover, she served as guest editor of the issue; this special edition included a personal diary and her interview with Marc Jacobs.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Gemma Ward Facts

OccupationModel, Actress
BirthdayNovember 3, 1987 (35)
BirthplacePerth, Australia
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Gemma Ward compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Not available.