Gemma Ward is adamant that the fashion world is much less “judgmental” now.
The Australian star, known for her baby doll-like looks, was first scouted at the age of 14 and a mere two years later became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue magazine.
Gemma took a break from the catwalk from 2008 until 2013, only returning to appear in Prada’s spring/summer 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week in 2014, and she has now shared that she has noticed a major shift in attitudes among leaders in the industry compared to when she was starting out.
“There’s a lot more diversity – multiple generations, sizes, children, pregnant women – there is a lot more freedom and I think it’s just more interesting and more exciting for everyone involved,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia. “It creates an environment which feels safer and less judgmental and more fun. That’s why I’m feeling it’s good for me.”
After taking a hiatus from fashion, Gemma has now relocated back to New York and is ready to take on new projects. And while she is now mum to four-year-old daughter Naia and baby son Jet, who she shares with partner David Letts, the blonde star is certain that she has the same drive and enthusiasm that she had when she was first making her name in the business.
“When I first started, I couldn’t really talk about myself; I couldn’t be objective. Now, when I look back at those first photos of myself, I see somebody very innocent, very pure,” the 31-year-old said. “But I was also quite driven as a child – I wanted to be an actress – so I see a brave young girl as well. I think that mix might have been interesting to people and maybe that’s why they connected with me.”
Gemma appears on the cover of the conservation-themed December 2018 issue of the publication, and in an accompanying photoshoot shot at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
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