And Finally

The walk of shame

Ming Xi gets flak for fashion show fumble


It was quite a trip

When a TV host asked Ming Xi what she would do if she was ever to take a tumble during a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Chinese model (also known as Xi Mengyao), drew a finger dramatically across her throat and responded, “I’d probably retire!”

In which case, the 28 year-old should be hanging up her 6-inch stilettos and quitting the catwalk.

As we reported in WiC389 Xi took an epic tumble at this year’s show – a slip that somehow seemed worse as it happened in her hometown, Shanghai.

Xi got tangled up in an elaborate floral-themed ensemble during the world’s most watched fashion show last month. Like a true professional, she picked herself up and strutted down the runway, blowing kisses to a cheering crowd. But other models at the event have revealed that Xi soon started sobbing when she got backstage and plenty of netizens were in an uncharitable mood, feeling that the country had ‘lost face’ through Xi’s stumble.

“The disappointment of watching the Shanghai-born model, walking – and then tripping – during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai is like hurdler Liu Xiang withdrawing from the Beijing Olympics,” Tencent Entertainment opined.

Soon afterwards Xi felt the need to issue an apology on her Sina Weibo account. “I’m sorry for letting you all down and thank you for your concern,” she wrote. “Working as a model for seven years, I have fallen down on the road too many times to count, but I know that no matter how much it hurts, I have to keep getting up and walking to the finish. The road to the future is long, but I will not stop. Thank you all.”

In less than an hour, her post had generated more than 360,000 likes, 100,000 comments, and 40,000 shares. Her spectacular topple also generated plenty of support from celebrity friends like Xie Na, the hostess of the long-running variety show Happy Camp, who was one of the first to voice support.

Xie posted a picture of Xi’s reddened and swollen ankle, and revealed that the model was injured before the big day.

“Even before the show, she sent me this photo of her receiving treatment because her left foot ligament and Achilles tendon were both torn. But in order to be in the best shape before the show, she endured the pain and kept training,” her friend noted.

Instead of sympathy, many netizens mocked the news as an unlikely excuse. “If Xi really tore her Achilles tendon, it would be a miracle for her to even walk down the runway,” one wrote dismissively.

“Xie Na do you even know what rupturing the Achilles tendon means? When [former NBA star] Kobe Bryant suffered from an Achilles rupture he had to stay off the court for a year. Stop throwing medical terms around and treating netizens like idiots,” lambasted another.

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