Ming Xi, 28, tumbled on the catwalk during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It was filmed in Shanghai, China on Nov. 20 but fans only got to see it when the show was aired on CBS on Nov. 28, Tuesday.
Viewers saw how Xi got tangled in her flowing, sheer ensemble and subsequently fell to her knees. The Chinese model, who stands 5’10”, then received applause when she adjusted her hair and wings, stood up and continued to walk.
However, as soon as Xi got backstage, she burst into tears. Her fellow Victoria’s Secret models came to her rescue and tried to comfort her.
“Ming was really upset when she fell on the runway,” a source told E! News. “It was a hard fall. She got up as gracefully as she could. She was shaken up after that fall. All the models made her feel better after though. She is okay now.”
It was Xi’s fifth year walking at the Victoria’s Secret show. On Nov. 21, she took to Instagram to share to her 950,000 Instagram followers a photo of herself during the show.
“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,” Xi wrote in the caption referring to her catwalk fall. “However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me.”
Currently living in New York City, Xi made her international modelling debut in 2011 when she walked for Givenchy Haute Spring Show. She is a Shanghai Donghua University graduate with a degree in Fashion Design and Acting.
Here is a clip of Xi’s fall, which was said to be the first ever Victoria’s Secret catwalk fall: