Even though some behind-the-scenes chaos went on before the cameras started rolling for the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, fans still expected perfection for the television broadcast. That's why some people were a little surprised that CBS left in Victoria's Secret model Ming Xi's major runway tumble when the show aired last night.
After all, the show edited out that time singer Ariana Grande got smacked in the face by Elsa Hosk's angel wings — and the runway portion is apparently filmed twice so the producers can capture different angles. But this year, Xi's fall stayed in and got major air time. The cameras even showed her sobbing backstage, and spliced in audio of producers saying things like “Ming is down!”
All that led to a bit of a social media backlash, as Twitter users protested that the show could have easily used a non-fall take. Others also felt using the footage of Xi crying was unnecessary.
But other Twitter users said that Xi's fall showed a true classy moment — and, thus, was an important part of the show. Many say Xi handled it all with incredible grace, and Brazilian model Gizele Oliveira jumping in to help her up was a beautiful moment (one that even got a standing ovation!).
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show performer Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton fame comforted Xi backstage, saying: “Happens to the best of them. Sometimes you fall, you get back up. Fall down seven times, get up eight." Not only that, he gave Xi props on Twitter.
That's classy all the way around.
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