Aussie PM Julia Gillard takes a tumble in India (VIDEO)


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard inspects the guard of honor during her ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 17, 2012 in Delhi, India.


Daniel Berehulak

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard took a tumble yesterday, while visiting the Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi, India, when her heel got stuck in the soft grass.

"The Prime Minister was spread-eagled and broke her fall with her hands," reported The Australian. Gillard quickly recovered after being helped up by her hosts, and laughed off the incident.

She told a journalist, "For men who get to wear flat shoes all day, every day, if you wear a heel it can get embedded in soft grass. And then when you pull your foot out, the shoe doesn't come, and then the rest of it is as you saw," according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian Broadcasting Commission's South Asia correspondent Michael Edwards said, "She handled herself with, I have to say, a fair amount of grace and dignity and came back pretty strongly from it."

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Apparently, this isn't the first time Gillard and her footwear have been at odds. The Australian noted, "Gillard famously lost a shoe as she was being whisked from the Australia Day riot in Canberra in January and has also lost footwear during the last election campaign."

Gillard was in India, discussing closer ties between the two countries with her Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Earlier this month, a video of her criticizing the Australian leader of the opposition for his sexism and misogyny went viral on social media.

The Australian has a video of her stumble: