Watch Supermodel Kristen McMenamy Fall on the Valentino Runway and Throw Her Heels
Supermodel Kristen McMenamy isn’t the first model to fall victim to a runway fall, and she definitely won’t be the last.
On January 25, the 58-year-old model—who has been walking in high-fashion shows since the ’80s—went viral after taking a painful-looking tumble during the Valentino show at Paris Haute Couture Week. Dressed in a sheer sparkling gown with an ankle-length pencil skirt and hot pink opera gloves, the model could be seen wobbling in her black pointed-toe heels before succumbing to gravity and hitting the runway knees first.
Though members of the audience rushed to help, McMenamy had it covered, taking off the offending pumps and going barefoot the rest of the way. In multiple videos of the moment, the model can be seen walking with the heels in hand before throwing them off each side of the runway.
“This video makes me never want to buy Valentino shoes,” one Twitter user wrote alongside a clip from the show. Though this is likely the last response Team Valentino wants to see, we can’t help but think McMenamy handled the entire ordeal like the pro they paid her to be.
You can see the moment she tossed the offending heels in a TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times. As one user commented, “You know what tho she did a good job [because] we’re all talking about the Valentino show.” All press is good press and all that.
In a cheeky nod to the viral moment, Kristen McMenamy later shared a stunning backstage photo on Instagram, which she captioned, “Before the Fall.” The image earned over 15,000 likes and kudos from designer Marc Jacobs, who replied, “Be still my heart. Breathtaking.”
Another fan replied, “It was refreshing to see someone be like ‘actually no, fuck this!’ on a catwalk 👏.”
The comments section pretty much agreed that McMenamy displayed “queen behavior” on the runway. As one user wrote, “Queens fall, then get back up and throw away the shoes.”