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How To Survive A Runway Fall

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Let’s face it! Modelling isn’t just about posing in front of cameras. Sometimes, you will get opportunities to strut your stuff on the runway for a fashion show. Regardless if it’s a big event or not, it’s still an opportunity to find potential projects in the future. But we’re not here to talk about how to perfect your runway strut. We’re here to talk about how you can survive a runway fall.

How To Survive A Runway Fall

I know, I know. That’s not going to be one of the best moments in your life and you will remember it for a couple of days or so. But just like any other confident and empowered woman out there, we’re here to help you overcome that experience by sharing with you a few tips.

First things first, here’s one of the important things that you can do to prevent it from happening. So we could just skip the falling part and get on with our lives.

Practice Walking

No, not just walking but walking with different types of shoes and heels. Find a way on how to keep your balance with the weirdest shoes you can see at the mall. Sometimes, you might even have to purchase a couple of shoes you can’t even wear on a normal basis because it probably looks like Lady Gaga’s red carpet costume. Its sole purpose can be for practicing and nothing more. (Unless there’s a Halloween or costume party you’re going to attend to.) It may be 6-10 inches in height and that may just break your leg in an instant, but proper posture and balance can help you prevent falls from happening in general. While practicing, don’t forget to take it in slow strides first. Once you get used to the feeling, you’ll find ways on how you can walk without falling head over heels. There’s a reason behind why there are women who can run with their high heels regardless of how uncomfortable it looks to others. It was probably because that person owns more than 10 pairs and she can even dance Single Ladies by Beyoncé while wearing them.

If it’s possible to borrow the actual shoes before the runway walk, feel free to do that!

Now, if the fall cannot be avoided…

Fall With Grace

I never even thought it was possible to fall with grace. A normal person’s reaction would be to have her mouth wide open in surprise or her face distorted in such a way that it’s terribly funny for other people as she falls. In a worst-case scenario, curses start spilling out of your mouth just like a sailor. Don’t do that! Avoid doing that at all costs. I bet that before you even trip, you’re already aware of how the shoes are fitting uncomfortably on your feet and how it makes your knees feel unsteady. At this point, you might have already caught people’s attention, but try your best to not attract more attention by creating a scene. Be professional. Even models make mistakes like this. People won’t judge you for it because the moment you started walking on that runway, they already knew how deadly your high heels look. Also, keep in mind that you should just let yourself fall rather than preventing it. Don’t ever use your hands or your elbows to prevent your fall. This could lead to further injuries!

Now, look at this model right here. Who knew that falling could make her look twice as fabulous?

How To Survive A Runway Fall

Keep Calm & Smile

The best thing to do is smile, regardless of how you fell. Laugh it off if possible, but not so much as a boisterous laugh. Chuckle if you may, but don’t do anything disruptive. People appreciate it when you show them that you’re fine and you’re a good sport. Don’t panic!

How To Survive A Runway Fall

Stand Up With Confidence

This is the hard part. If you didn’t hurt yourself, standing up again with confidence is also a struggle. You will start to fear that once you start walking, you’ll end up falling again. Don’t be scared and keep your head up. The moment you stand up, strut a pose and rock your walk! If it’s not possible to walk around your high heels anymore, let’s just take the other models’ advice that it’s fine to just take off your shoes and continue walking.

You don’t even have to feel embarrassed with this experience! This is perfectly normal. Even the pros have moments like this!







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36 Comments

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Just like what people say, “The show must go on.”

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This is a normal thing even for pros. Nothing to be embarassed ladies, we all understand your struggle.

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    This is true, you don’t really see the audience laughing. They’re educated individuals that know your effort.

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Take the fall as a learning experience. You’ll learn to deal with it after a while.

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Watching the video in the end made me laugh. Only to realize that it’s such a struggle to be a runway model. Kudos to those that make it look so flawless!

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The scary part is if you really hurt yourself.

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Others even fall off the stage. That would suck and hurt.

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Just by reading through this article made me love wearing flats and the fact that I’m not a model. I just love learning and reading about them but nahh.

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Just be confident even if something like that happened. We still support you girls anyway.

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The moment someone steps out wearing 10 inched heels, gotta ready the helping hands already.

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Wow, models really have it rough. It’s my dream but wearing crazy high heels isn’t my thing. I’m fine with a couple of inches but those look scary for the runway.

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Sometimes it’s not evn the model’s fault. I heard there were floors that were so polished that it was slippery. Even if you’re cautious, there’s no surviving a slippery floor.

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Thank you for the tips you’re sharing. Although the ‘practice walking’ kind of thing isn’t exactly effective, since you’ll be wearing monstrous heels that aren’t exactly fitting the best.

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Nothing to be embarassed okay! We all know how hard it is.

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There are times that the shoes are 2 sizes bigger and models have to deal with that.

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    Really? That’s very uncomfortable. It would literally slide off their ankles.

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I have watched a lot of fashion shows on TV, and their fall looks bad. I bet they won’t be able to walk for a while.

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A lot of girls dream is to become a model. And this one of the fears they need to overcome.

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Sometimes I just watch a fashion show to wait for someone to fall, haha! Sorry, I think that’s evil.

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One of the best moment for a model is to fall and then stand up gracefully. If she is successful, she will surely get more projects in the future.

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I watched one show about Gigi Hadid before and she said she even practice in a treadmill while wearing heels. She made it look easy but I am sure it is not. It gets to show modeling is not just about walking with a pretty. It needs dedication too.

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    I saw that show too and I was like, what? wait how can she walk in high heels on the treadmill.

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I am a newbie in modeling and this article is really helpful. Thanks, Sarah!

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Wow, 6-10inches heels. I am walking with just an inch or two heels and my toes hurt a lot already.

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I tripped terribly for a million times before and I cannot even figure out how to fall gracefully, haha! All I know is that when I trip my butt hurts and I curse a lot.

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I am 13 years old and I want to become a model. When my mom is not at home, I wear her high heels shoes and walk like a model.

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Kudos to the models who can just laugh when they fall and still strike a pose,

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It is not how you fall but how gracefully you get yourself together and stand up again and finish your walk.

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They all stood up gracefully. Good job ladies!

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I saw the video and they all fell really bad. Iiked it when the model just took off their shoes and started walking again.

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I do not know how to stay calm when my knees are shaking. The girls rocked it!

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I always make a scene every time I trip. So maybe, Okay, I cannot be a model.



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