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.