Maeva Coucke, Miss France 2018, was one of several contestants who slipped and fell on the runway during the swimsuit competition of Miss Universe, ahead of the final gala evening on Sunday in the US city of Atlanta.
Coucke was participating in the preliminary swimsuit competition on Friday evening when one of her worst nightmares came true.
The 25-year-old, originally from the Pas-de-Calais region in the north of France, slipped on her side as she paraded at the front of the runway in her bikini and flowing blue cape.
She got quickly to her feet and smiled at the judges, signalling that she was unhurt.
Miss France 2018 even took it in her stride, posting a video with her fans on her Instagram account.
"This has never happened to me so far," she wrote, "but life sometimes gives us good and bad surprises... the main thing is to move forward regardless of obstacles...and keep your head high!"
She pointed out that the runway was very slippery, and indeed other candidates such as Miss Malaysia, Miss Malta and Miss Indonesia also slipped.
Coucke competed in a similar contest, Miss World, last year and came 12th.
Ninety women from across the globe have been in Atlanta since Thanksgiving preparing for the annual Miss Universe pageant.
The preliminary swimsuit and evening gown scores, along with scores from a private interview with a panel of judges, determine who will continue competing Sunday.
The final is broadcast live from the Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta, Georgia at 7pm local time.