Arguably the best model moment of Fashion Month was when Gemma Ward, the doll-faced Australian model who took a six-year hiatus from the industry to pursue acting and to start a family, made a surprise appearance in Milan, opening the Prada runway show. We, along with the fashion community at large, kind of freaked out, and hoped that this signaled the start of Ward's modeling comeback. Well, it looks like our prayers have been answered.
The 26-year-old model is now the face of Australian clothing brand Country Road, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. She stars in its new summer ad campaign, alongside her daughter, Naia, who was born last December. In both a short film and still images, Ward plays with Naia on a scenic beach at Seal Rocks in Australia wearing simple, classic separates and swimwear from the label, and it's as sweet as can be.
We haven't seen Ward in an ad campaign since she was a face of Dolce & Gabbana in 2008, and we couldn't be happier that she's back. Watch the full Country Road campaign film below.