Supermodel Ashley Graham made a rare faux pas when she tumbled down the stairs while hosting Miss Universe’s backstage show. The America’s Next Top Model judge showed off her war wounds on her Instagram stories. But thankful for small mercies, she was grateful her fall was not caught by cameras.
“OK I’m doing some quick a** changes you guys, and then, of course, I fell down the stairs,” the 31-year-old told her 7.9 Instagram million followers.
Graham revealed a nasty looking bruise on her left shin which seemed to be bleeding profusely. The Revlon ambassador filmed as a doctor cleaned the wound. “Got the medics on me,” the trooper smiled. “I’m OK, but I just wanted to let you know what I’m doing… going really fast.”
“It actually looks worse than it feels,” she assured her fans, but did add, “except for it is throbbing a bit.”
Graham was appointed backstage host at this year’s Miss Universe in Thailand, which aired on Sunday night.
In an interview with Good Day Austin, Graham gushed about working with the show’s stage host, Steve Harvey.
“Steve is hysterical. It’s a laugh a minute,” she said. “He’s the same guy that you see on stage as you see off stage. I love working with him. I feel like we have really great banter.”
The Sports Illustrated model went on to say that she’s excited to talk candidly backstage with all 94 competitors.
“A lot of these women have been working for this their whole lives. It’s a lot of pressure and they’re not only speaking up for themselves, they’re speaking up for their country,” she said.
“To be able to hear from them and what they’re so passionate about is really interesting.”
The U.S. was represented by Nebraska’s Sarah Rose Summers, a certified Child Life specialist. But on Monday, 24-year-old Miss Philippines Catriona Gray won the crown.
Recently, Graham opened up about how the growth of the #MeToo has had a positive effect on the careers of aspiring models.
“I’ve seen a huge change on set,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“People are actually thinking about their actions and thinking about their words … If this #MeToo movement had not happened, who’s to say what would happen to the next generation of girls?”
“I really hope that it protects the next generation of young models,” Graham sincerely expressed.
In January 2018, Graham revealed on talk show The View she’d been sexually harassed during a photo shoot at the age of 17. She explained how she feared that she’d never be hired for a modeling job again as she thought that she’d be regarded as a “difficult model.”