Gemma Ward Missing At Fashion Week 2010
On a bright day last November, an Amazonian beauty with long, strong-looking limbs and silky blonde hair hailed a cab in the East Village. Wearing navy shorts and a faux-leopard-skin coat, she looked like an unusually pretty, healthy NYU student, out for a day of combing through vintage shops. It was an unremarkable moment, except that the 22-year-old was Gemma Ward—one of the most photographed women on the planet.
This week, thousands of stylistas will converge on Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week. The runways will host a parade of size-zero adolescents with measurements of 34-24-34, jutting collarbones, and razor-sharp cheekbones. But Ward, once the biggest name in the business, is expected to be absent.
Though Ward is still pictured on her agency IMG’s Web page, she hasn’t worked as a model for two years. Once her body began to fill out, in 2007, her flacks explained that she was on “hiatus.”
IMG declined to comment for this story, and would not confirm whether or not Ward was still officially under their representation or grant an interview with the model or with David Cunningham, the agent responsible for first signing her. When granted anonymity, however, an IMG insider was blunt to the point of nastiness about Ward’s future. “Her moment’s over,” said the IMG source. “She’s not coming back.”
Rumor has it she is thinking of getting a real job: Yale -bound?