Paging Miuccia Prada: Australian model Gemma Ward may be planning a fashion comeback.
Ward, who was once at the top of the modeling pack, took a break from the industry four years ago to pursue a career in acting. Between trying to kill Liv Tyler in The Strangers and a highly anticipated role in the upcoming Great Gatsby movie (plus one really ridiculous weight controversy), Ward has found various levels of success on the silver screen.
But the fashion industry still has a Ward-shaped hole in its heart, and it seems that Ward may finally be ready to fill it. Frockwriter is reporting that Ward has signed with IMG Australia, which opened its Aussie doors in July of last year
“She hasn’t worked in this market for a long time so to make the move obviously it’s because she wants to further her career. She wants to get back into the Australian market,” IMG Models Australia general manager Danielle Ragenard told Frockwriter.
According to IMG Australia General Manager Danielle Ragenard, Ward has moved to Sydney and her first job can be expected in a month’s time.
“She’s an Australian girl and this is an important market for her and she’s looking for everything IMG can offer from endorsements to modelling to contracts,” Ragenard said.
The GM declined to say whether or not Ward planned on resurrecting her international career, nor did she mention what board she would appear on.
It’s hard to believe ten years have passed since Ward started her career at age 15, which, in modelling years, practically puts her past retirement age. Still, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a full-fledged Ward takeover.