Gemma Ward's recent two-year hiatus from the public eye seems to be coming to an end, if not already over. Following the death of her close friend Heath Ledger, Ward took herself out of the limelight to grieve and regroup - and left fashion insiders speculating whether this spelled the end of the 22-year-old's six-year, glittering modelling career. (Ward was discovered at 14 and rose up the modelling ranks at astronomical speeds, which resulted in her being the youngest model, at 16, to star on the cover of US Vogue.)
It seems nothing could be further from the truth, judging by her recent email to The West Australian, in which she clearly states, "I have not 'quit modelling' and my fans back home can expect to see me back at work modelling and acting in the new year." Her mother added to that by saying, "She's 22 years old and has worked incredibly hard...She's been doing some great drama theatre courses and is considering doing a three-year course in Yale which is a great possibility..." It seems that Ward is making up for lost time and proving that, like Lily Cole, some models can have beauty and brains. Jealous? Us? Either way, we're glad to welcome Ms Ward back into the fashion fold.
Model and actress Lily Cole rocked a nude sheath dress to this week's AFI Fest screening of her latest film, 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'. Cole stars as Valentina in Heath Ledger's last movie.
As for fashion, how did the screen star look on the red carpet?
Just after rumours surfaced that Adriana Lima would be Woody Allen's next movie muse, we see the first promotional image of Lily Cole as Valentina in 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'. Despite the fact that this is just Cole's fourth film, she nabbed her own poster shot for Heath Ledger's last movie.
Cole's promo shot, for which she stripped down, shows the model-actress sitting in her tiny box room surrounded by plenty of fantastical additions. We can't wait to see the Terry Gilliam film to see what all that's about.
We know you might want to see Terry Gilliam's 'The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus' for Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, but don't forget aboutLily Cole. She plays Valentina, the daughter of Doctor Parnassus, and we're pretty sure from this trailer that she actually turned herself into a doll somehow.
In the preview, Cole spends her time kissing Ledger, being naked and sporting a Valentino dress. Not a bad role, sounds like.
'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus', featuring Lily Cole onscreen with Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, largely has been panned by critics. But we can't resist giving you a clip with Ms Cole anyway. Judge for yourself.