Gemma Ward is an Austrlian model and actress. She is known for being the youngest model to ever be featured on a Vogue cover.
Gemma Louise Ward was born on November 3, 1987 in Perth, Western Australia. The middle child of four (her two younger brothers are twins), she attended school at both the Presbyterian Ladies' College and Shenton College. Growing up, Gemma never imagined she'd wind up a fashion model, seeing as how she'd actually aspired to be an actress ever since winning the role of the witch in a school play of "Hansel and Gretel" when she was ten years old. However, fate would wind up having other plans for the young beauty.
While attending a "Search for a Supermodel" competition with friends in 2002, Gemma was discovered by talent scouts and whisked into the competition herself. Although she didn't win the competition, she did gain the attention of model scout David Cunningham of IMG Models in New York City. Her natural beauty and poise at only 15 landed her a spot at Australian Fashion Week in May 2003. By the next year, she was the youngest model to ever grace the cover of Vogue, and was named one of nine "Models of the Moment."
Gemma's fashion stardom continued to rise, and by age 17, she was bumping the likes of models such as Kate Moss from Calvin Klein ads, and soon being featured in magazines such as Allure and Marie Claire. Her modeling even opened doors to an acting career that had long been pushed to the wayside. Soon, she was landing roles in such films as "The Black Balloon," "The Strangers," and even Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Of course, modeling was her true niche, and in 2013, after seemingly retiring from the business years before, she resigned with IMG Models, poising an potential modeling comeback.