gemmaward_retire2.jpgFans of Gemma Ward can breathe a sigh of relief after rumours of her imminent retirement from the catwalk were put to rest yesterday, by the lady herself:

"I was surprised to wake up this morning and read news of my own retirement. While I am taking some time off currently to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family, I am still very much a (excited and enthusiastic) working model and actress. I'm only 20, for God's sakes."

To find out what she has been up to instead, read on...

Earlier this week, the blog-o-sphere was abuzz with whispers that the Aussie model was chucking in the modelling towel, to concentrate on a career in acting. While the record has now been set straight, her agency, IMG, did confirm that we won't be seeing Ward on the catwalks this season. She will be off the radar until the end of September, doing un-model-like things such as trekking around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal - seriously... read all about it here.