Last week, model Ming Xi unintentionally became the center of attention at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show when she fell on the catwalk in Shanghai. And while the runway show is usually filmed twice so any blunders can be edited out of the final broadcast, Xi’s slip-up still aired on TV. There was also footage of the model crying backstage after she finished her walk, which is something fans didn’t see last week when videos of her plunge first surfaced online.
Some viewers took to Twitter, upset that Xi’s fall and crying weren’t edited out.
Did they really have to leave in Ming xi falling and crying….#VSFashionShow
— Luis (@Hella_Bravo) November 29, 2017
They did Ming Xi so dirty by leaving her fall/cry in the final show…#VSFashionShow
— IAMFASHION (@IAMFASHlON) November 29, 2017
Seems slightly cruel of VS to not cut Ming Xi's fall out of the broadcast but hey what do I know! #VSFashionShow
— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@alyssavingan) November 29, 2017
Awwww CBS not right why they gotta show the girl fall AND crying poor baby #VSFashionShow
— I Said What I Said (@Desirayraven_) November 29, 2017
That really did surprise me… I didn’t think they’d leave that in to be broadcasted https://t.co/kBafvujp0M
— stacy alvarez (@umstacy) November 29, 2017
— sweet t (@txki_) November 29, 2017
damn they really didn’t edit out Ming Xi falling AND even filmed her crying smh #VSFashionShow is RUTHLESS
— London Tipton (@ashleyywong) November 29, 2017
THEY DID MING XI SO DIRTY WTF
— TACKY (@nicoleraitak) November 29, 2017
SAVAGE move by VS to show Ming Xi crying after
— KRN ∞ (@_natekash) November 29, 2017
Others simply sent the model messages of support, and praised how she gracefully got back up and kept walking after her tumble, smile and all.
— Napturally_Breezy (@napturally17) November 29, 2017
Ming Xi you are a champ. This is coming from a girl who trips over her own feet twice a day. In sneakers.
— Who What Wear (@WhoWhatWear) November 29, 2017
MING XI CRYING RIGHT NOW JUST BROKE MY HEART. YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU RECOVERED SO WELL #VSFashionShow
— Kayla ♡ (@kaaycoles) November 29, 2017
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) November 29, 2017
She fell but she put on a smile & finished that walk. You go, girl. #VSFashionShow
— Sydney Motes (@sydney_motesss) November 29, 2017
EVERY ANGEL IN THE RUNWAY STOPPED FOR MING XI WHEN SHE FELL AND LET HER HAVE HER MOMENT AND THEY CLAPPED!! THEN SHE WENT BACKSTAGE AND CRIED!! MY MING XI BABY!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— wang's babygirl (@peardabear) November 29, 2017
Even Victoria’s Secret applauded Xi’s “grace and determination” on Twitter.
— Victoria's Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 29, 2017
The day after tumbling on the catwalk, Xi addressed her fall with the most gracious response in an emotional Instagram post. The model revealed she was upset to have fallen “in front of my mother’s and my people’s eyes” in her native city of Shanghai, but she thanked her fans and fellow models for their support, especially Gizele Oliveira, who helped her get back on her feet on the runway.
Xi ended on a positive note: “I will pick myself up from where I fell, and I will keep going in order to repay all the support you all have given me!!”
This marked her fifth year walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. We can’t wait to see her again next year.
As many of you may already know, I fell during my 5th year walking at the Victoria's Secret show yesterday. It was no doubt one of the hardest moments I have ever had to go through in my career, especially since the show was taking place in my hometown, in front of my mother's and my people's eyes. However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me. @ed_razek Thank you for your supportive words and your continuous support throughout these 7 years. @giizeleoliveira Thank you for helping me up after the fall, it was a very selfless and loving act from you. Thank you to all the girls who rushed to comfort me at backstage after what had happened, you are all family to me. Lastly thank you to everyone who sent and left me supportive messages. I will pick myself up from where I fell, and I will keep going in order to repay all the support you all have given me!! ❤️️#vsfashionshow @victoriassecret
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US