Model Gemma Ward on Her "Alien" Features

Gemma Ward - P 2015
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Gemma Ward - P 2015

The Aussie beauty, who recently returned to the runway for Fashion Week Australia, sometimes wishes she didn't look so extraterrestrial.

In the early aughts, model Gemma Ward looked different from the other girls on fashion runways. Her large, wide-set eyes and baby-doll face were a new thing coming off the '90s glamazon-supermodel trend, and she capitalized on it, placing 10th on Forbes’ World’s 15 Top-Earning Models list in 2007. But in an interview with, she now is sharing that she’s had second thoughts about her unique beauty.

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“Sometimes I wish that I didn’t look like an alien,” she told the Australian news outlet. “I was probably aware of it [that I looked different], but it gets more heightened as you get older.”

Once the youngest model ever to cover American Vogue (she was 16), Ward is now 27 and back from a six-year hiatus following then-boyfriend Heath Ledger’s death. During that time, she dipped her toe into acting — in The Great Gatsby, for one — and had her first child.

“I was searching for ways to define myself away from modeling and also just exploring things that were already a part of me, like writing and playing music and painting,” said Ward. “I didn’t intend in the beginning for it to take so long, but I’m really glad that I took the time, and I feel like it’s been enriching.”