Julia Gillard Slips And Loses A Shoe On Visit To New Delhi
JULIA Gillard has laughed off her latest shoe stumble where she almost fell on her face in India after her heel became stuck in wet grass.
The Prime Minister was spread-eagled and broke her fall with her hands.
Ms Gillard's tumble was being shown tonight on Indian TV where she won praise from one commentator who said she seemed very fit as she had recovered well and continued with her busy schedule.
She showed good humour as she immediately joked about the slip which happened after a visit to the Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi on the final day of her three-day state visit to India.
“My heel got stuck in grass,” she said.
Ms Gillard said unlike men who wore flat shoes, it was an occupational hazard for women wearing modest heels.
"I'm fine. 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 when you pull your foot out the shoe doesn't come and the rest of it is as you saw."
The PM's tumble happened as she rushed between events.
"It's ok, I'm alright ," she told Indian minders as they helped her to get feet.
Earlier she had been given the full pomp and ceremony of an official welcome at the Presidential Palace and will spend the rest of the day in official talks with India's political and business leaders.
The PM brushed off suggestions she could wear boots, saying that would lead to fashion critique in Australia about wearing boots with a skirt.
Ms 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.
But despite her shoe troubles, the PM has been warmly welcomed in India and been extremely popular, especially with women who have watched the video of her spray in Parliament about Tony Abbott being sexist and a misogynyst.
"I have been left in no doubt that a lot of people have clicked on and watched that speech here in India," Ms Gillard said.
"People have raised it with me and raised it with me approvingly."
Ms Gillard did not want to comment on the Macquarie Dictornary changing its meaning of the word misogynyst.
"I will leave editing dictionaries to those whose special expertise is language," she said.