Gemma Ward was used to press hating. In the past, she was being criticized for the thinner-than-life modelling figure. Now she was thrown tomatoes at because she was larger-than-the-modelling-life. So what?
Rumored to have been taken a break from the spotlight after tragic events in her personal life (Heath Ledger’s death), Gemma’s weight brought her back in the everyone’s attention. Now she’s fighting back through Twitter and emails:
Thank you everyone for your support, all i’ll say on the subject is im content with my decision but i have said nothing will be permanent.[…] have not ‘quit modelling’ and my fans back home can expect to see me back at work modelling and acting in the new year.
Also, her mother declared that Gemma is staying in the US, interested in acting classes (Yale) and into charity:
She’s 22 years old and has worked incredibly hard. She’s had a very difficult few years personally and now she’s having a really lovely time doing things she wants to do and enjoying being young.[…] She’s been doing some great drama theatre courses and is considering doing a three-year course in Yale which is a great possibility. […]She was very interested to see what’s behind the glossy facade of Brazil and looking at the slums, with a view to doing something there in the future. (via 2)