Australian supermodel/sometimes actress Gemma Ward is quitting the modeling business amidst criticism about her weight, the model's agency told the Daily Telegraph.
The 22-year-old beauty has been the subject of Internet taunts after being spotted with a fuller figure last week, the paper reports.
Photos of the more voluptuous model surfaced online, and comments poking fun about her piling on the pounds reportedly followed. (In related news, we've taken away Karl Lagerfeld's laptop.)
Ward has been the subject of fierce scrutiny about her weight since she took a break from modeling early last year in the wake of rumored boyfriend Heath Ledger's death in January 2008, according to the paper,
Clearly, the attacks have taken their toll.
"Gemma hasn't committed to returning to modeling any time soon," a spokeswoman for her agency, Vivien's Model Management, told the paper.
Ward's weight gain made headlines this past January when she hit an Australian beach in a bathing suit that showcased her new curves.
"I was really surprised when I saw her, considering what she used to look like," a source told the Sunday Telegraph at the time. "I had to do a double-take after I saw how much weight she had put on."
While there's no doubt that Ward has put on some weight, we think the public needs to cut her some slack -- we'd rather see bodacious than bony any day! Besides, these days, the catwalk is showcasing varying body types.
What do you think? Should Ward let the critics stop her from modeling? Leave a comment (above left)!
While Gemma Ward is blasted for being too heavy, Miranda Kerr was recently called out for being too skinny.