Otherworldly. Down-to-earth. She’s the Australian beauty whose presence is felt globally, her recent return to modelling sending tremors all over. Her ultimate journey, though, is of the internal kind. She takes solace in silence and is happiest by the water. Gemma Ward; we’d follow her anywhere.
"My friends would describe me as a hippie."
Home is … Where I am. The best things in life are ... Free. I dream about ... Happiness. I’m happiest when … Everything is quiet. Growing up in Perth, Western Australia, was ... Beautiful. My strongest memory from my childhood is … My sister and brothers’ faces. Back then I wanted to be ... Unstoppable. My first trip overseas … Was eye-opening. I love to create … Whatever I can. I’m inspired by ... Everything. My ultimate journey … Is happening inside. My favourite mode of travel ... Meditation. My life mantra … Forget and start over. Sunrise or sunset? Both in one day. Cool weather or hot? Both in one day. If you want to make me smile, take me to … The beach. My craziest experience in a foreign land … Falling in love. The one thing I’d like to share with the world is ... Love. I’m obsessed with ... Knowledge. I never thought I would … Climb a mountain. If I could live anywhere in the world … It would be someplace mythical. I unwind by … Taking a bath. Motherhood has taught me ... To be a woman.
"Growing up I used to think I’d make it, but now I know you have to fail too."
I couldn’t live without ... Water. I keep fit by… Boxing and yoga. My favourite film is … In my head. The last book I read was … Boring me to tears. The artists who inspire me are ... Living. Not many people know that I … Am really articulate when I speak. On the runway, I’m thinking about … What happens next. My style … Is varied. My wardrobe is full of … Inconsistent errors. My beauty routine consists of … La Mer. My favourite indulgence is … Chanel No 5. I look up to ... Elders. The most exciting place right now is ... Inside a woman’s brain. My mum … Is a beautiful creature. My dad … Is trying to change the world. Music-wise, my vibe is … Soulful. Music sounds better with … Experience. If I was in a band I would be the … Sitar player. The proudest moment of my career so far… Working with Baz Luhrmann. The best advice I was ever given was … Watch where you step. Right now, I really want to … Write a novel.
PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Ward
FASHION Billie Iveson
MODEL Gemma Ward @ IMG
HAIR Alan White @ MAP using GHD
MAKEUP Victoria Baron for Chanel
DIGITAL OPERATOR Jack Younger
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Emma Westblade
RETOUCHING Iren Skaarnes
Shot on location at The Palace Hotel and Broken Hill. With thanks to Destination New South Wales.