SYDNEY - AUSTRALIAN supermodel Gemma Ward has quit the industry after a series of media reports ridiculing her for gaining weight, reported The Sunday Telegraph.
According to the report Ward, who celebrated her 22nd birthday last week, has revealed via her agent that she does not intend to return to modelling.
Ward has not been much in the lime-light since the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger, whom she dated briefly.
She was photographed last week in New York wearing a print jacket, shorts and biker boots and looking more like a healthy young woman and less like an emaciated wraith. Ward had previously been criticised for being too thin in the early part of her career.
The photos were posted by international fashion blogger Bryan Boy and received an number of vicious comments on her new size and shape.
Ward's modelling agency in New York, Viviens, announced that the Australian had no immediate plans to return to the industry. 'Gemma hasn't committed to returning to modelling at any time soon', a spokeman said, adding Ward had the agency's full support.
Australian supermodel Gemma Ward has ruled out plans to make a comeback to the world of glamour.
The 22-year-old Ward, who has been a target of criticism by an international fashion website for gaining extra pounds, has done no fashion assignments since Health Ledger - who she was believed to be dating - passed away in January last year.
"Gemma hasn't committed to returning to modelling at any time soon," news.com.au quoted a rep for modelling agency, Viviens, as saying.
She added that the agency was fully supportive of the New York-based Ward.ard's model sister Sophie has kept mum on the issue.
Which one shoould I believe? Neither of them make me happy...
Maybe the second one is less disappointing...