Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi became an unexpected focal point of the fashion show in Shanghai when she tripped and fell on the runway during the official taping yesterday. Despite the unexpected tumble, she kept a smile on her face and the crowd cheered her on. Her fellow model Gizele Oliveira helped her up to her feet, and she finished her walk like a pro.
Xi, who’s walked for Victoria’s Secret since 2013, responded to her runway blunder in an Instagram post late last night. Though she kept a smile on through the show, the model divulged in how hard the fall was for her, especially in her native city of Shanghai.
“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,” she wrote. “However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me.”
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She especially acknowledged Oliveira for her help on the catwalk. “Thank you for helping me up after the fall, it was a very selfless and loving act from you,” the model added.
Xi revealed that Oliveira wasn’t the only model who offered support; others also consoled her backstage. “Thank you to all the girls who rushed to comfort me at backstage after what had happened, you are all family to me,” she said. She also thanked everyone who sent her supportive messages.
The 28-year-old model 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!!”
Read her full post below:
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Xi’s Instagram post follows a shorter message she posted on Weibo earlier yesterday. “I’m sorry to let everyone down. Thanks for everyone’s concern,” she wrote. “As a model for seven years, I have fallen on this road many times, but I know no matter how painful it is, I must stand and finish. The future road is long. I will always continue walking.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US