Supermodel and actress Gemma Ward, and her partner David Letts, recently welcomed their first child and have reportedly named their daughter Naia. Nai’a is a Hawaiian name meaning “dolphin”, and as the baby is said to have been born in Hawaii, it is tempting to wonder if she was given a name to reflect her birthplace.
Gemma became a model at the age of 14 when she was scouted at a modelling competition that she attended as a spectator, and ended up signed with New York modelling agency IMG. At 16 she became the youngest model to appear on American Vogue magazine, and her fragile appearance inspired the “baby doll look”. At 17, she replaced Kate Moss as the face of Calvin Klein’s Obsession Night perfume campaign, appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine‘s Style & Design issue, and on the cover of Vogue China. At 18, she became the first model ever to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue, and at 19, appeared on the first ever cover of Vogue India. Gemma has been on a break from modelling since 2008 – a decision she explained was precipitated by the death of her boyfriend, actor Heath Ledger. She has since appeared in a few films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Great Gatsby. Recently, Gemma signed with IMG Australia, leading to speculation she may be about to return to modelling.
David is a professional photographer and model who once played rugby. His brothers Michael and Jake play for the national rugby team of the Philippines.
The name of Gemma and David’s daughter hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, so I will add updates if there are further developments.