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Model Son­alika Sa­hay stum­bled on the ramp at the fi­nale of a re­cently con­cluded fash­ion week. She missed a step, and ended up on the floor in her vo­lu­mi­nous gown, but to her credit, she col­lected her­self quickly and fin­ished her walk with per­fec­tion.

One can only imag­ine the hor­ror of fall­ing dur­ing a ramp walk un­der the heat of a thou­sand spot­lights. Mod­els are sus­cep­ti­ble not only to em­bar­rass­ment, but in­jury too. Luck­ily for Sa­hay, noth­ing was hurt, “ex­cept my ego”, she joked later.

The au­di­ence ap­plauded her as well. Son­alika says it wasn’t the dress or the veil that made her fall. “I mis­judged the ramp. The shadow play and spot­light made it tough,” she says.

Al­though Sa­hay twisted her toe, she was fine later. “My big­gest fear was that I’d dam­aged the jew­ellery, but thank­fully that didn’t hap­pen,” she says.

Overseas, Amer­i­can model Gigi Ha­did also stum­bled at Paris Fash­ion Week, but she too was quick to get up, and fin­ish her walk. Her sis­ter Bella Ha­did faced a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion on a Michael Kors runway dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week.

So what does it take for mod­els to dust them­selves up, and get up to bravely fin­ish the walk when they know their pic­tures will be splashed across the web the next day? Palak Gupta, a model, says it’s the model’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to do jus­tice to the de­signer’s vi­sion. “It is cer­tainly not an easy sit­u­a­tion. But at that time, what mat­ters most is fin­ish­ing your job to per­fec­tion,” she says.

De­signer Al­pana Mit­tal agrees. “How you get up and walk and com­plete your job is what mat­ters. It is not easy but mod­els do it within sec­onds. Putting your­self to­gether and walk­ing back is cru­cial and mod­els de­serve an ap­plause for it. Hats off to them,” she says.


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