Despite previous reports that model Ming Xi's fall during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which was taped on Nov. 20, would be edited out of the telecast, millions of viewers watched the Angel tumble during Tuesday night's broadcast on CBS.
During the VSFS, all eyes were on the Chinese model, who has walked in the show four other times, when she took her tumble on the catwalk in Shanghai, China. Xi appeared to have gotten tangled in her flowing, sheer ensemble.
"Ming has fallen… oh my goodness," a producer can be heard saying during the telecast, apparently from a hot microphone backstage. "Gizele’s got her,” another voice said.
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The 28-year-old model handled the slip like a pro. Even if the fall was an embarrassing moment for Xi, she didn't let any humiliation show on her face. She maintained a smile throughout the experience and wasn't afraid to laugh at herself. After adjusting her hair and wings, she got up and proceeded to walk. She even received applause from the audience and her fellow models.
But backstage the scene looked different for Xi. As soon as she got away from prying eyes of the audience, the model burst into tears.
Cameras captured models running to comfort the teary beauty after the upsetting misstep.
"Ming was really upset when she fell on the runway. It was a hard fall," a source told E! News at the time of the 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 OK now."
The source also said Xi is "one of the favorites" to walk the Victoria's Secret runway and that it's "always a model's worst nightmare to fall." Thankfully, Xi could count on her fellow models for support. The source said the models "embrace each other" if a fall or anything unexpected happens on the catwalk and that they are all "a team."
The model later addressed her fall on Instagram.
"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," part of her post read. "However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me."
"Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr., who was crooning the audience when Xi walked the runway, showed support for the Victoria's Secret angel after the show, tweeting: "Love how Ming Xi shows how to pick yourself and own a difficult moment. Great to share the stage with you at the #VSFashionShow."
Victoria's Secret shared Odom's sentiments in a tweet from it's official Twitter account, writing: "Angels always get back up—cheers to @mengyaoxi for her grace & determination!#VSFashionShow."