Whitney Port Had The Original Elegant Oscars Fall

Falling is embarrassing no matter your audience. Sure, there is that bit of self-shame felt immediately after tripping over your bed frame, where you just lie on the ground for one extra beat absorbing the humiliation that no one witnessed (unless you have a cat, in which case, it will never let you live it down—respect: lost). And while many of us have had the unfortunate mortification of the public face-plant, few of us have ever experienced tripping on national television, with the whole world not only watching the live broadcast on daytime TV, but your sorrowful tale recounted for shame-hungry teenagers on an MTV reality show.

But that’s what happened to Whitney Port. On Good Morning America...and then The Hills. In front of Andre Leon Talley... and Emily Weiss. In Hilary Swank’s Guy Laroche Oscars dress. Tough break, Whit. But to her credit, she got up again, because nothing is going to keep Whitney Port down.

So in preparation for this weekend’s Oscars, let’s revisit the fall that shocked high school girls around the world. Between Whitney and J-Law, you never know who’s going to take a tumble this year.

P.S. We have insider confirmation that, contrary to popular conspiratorial theory, Emily Weiss did not trip Ms. Port.

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  • mary schaubert hayes

    I LOVED the hills in high school (who didn't...) and even though Emily was made out to be a villain I also admired her style on the few episodes she was on! I even got so excited when Target had a Devi Kroell collaboration because I always coveted the bag that Emily had in the episode. Such a throwback!

  • http://www.champagnerising.com/ heather adair

    aw....having a "difficult-to-reconcile" sense of NOSTALGIA for that darn show.......Miss those loaded "looks" that always preceded commercial breaks, set to emotional up-and-coming pop tunes. Hills marathons used to be my favorite way to spend "sick days."

    I remember that episode, and thinking "It's OK Whitney -- that just makes people like you more. and they already like you the best, already."

  • http://pocketfulofmakeup.blogspot.com/ pocketful of make up.

    OMG she was so sad!

  • Lauren

    I can't tell you guys what it means to me that ITG has finally acknowledged Emily as the Super Intern from The Hills.

  • larasophia

    ahh I remember this! I felt so bad for her but she rocked that dress and the situation like a pro.

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Who else remembers The Hills episode where LC has to arrange the dinner party - and Emily goes with her to the flower shop, and is like (just off the top of my head, not quoting directly), 'I'm thinking chinoiserie' and you can see that LC doesn't know what the heck she's talking about? Oh man. NOSTALGIA.

  • pamb

    So now I'm the party pooper here to say that, embarrassing as it is to fall down the stairs live on GMA, it's really not the same as J. Law tripping up the stairs at the actual Oscars. You know, the show that's seen worldwide. With tape that was replayed constantly in the days afterward. Don't think that happened to Whitney.

  • Fiona Bradley

    I don't think I've ever seen somebody make falling down look so good before! Whitney OWNED that little tumble. So endearing. For that she will always have a special place in my heart hehe :)



  • anita rivas

    I watched that episode, loved the way Emily looked...

  • Maggie A

    haha I loved her after that fall. I just made her so real to me. (Less actory)

    Maggie A

  • Christine Stevens

    In hindsight, can we all just take a moment to reprimand MTV for portraying Emily as "the villain?" Like, why? Because she was super smart, clearly dedicated to her role and took it very seriously? I guess it made the vapid LC look bad, so obviously she must be eeeeevil! Shouldn't we all be casting a side eye at Lauren anyway, because she clearly was given a role as an intern NOT because she was more qualified than anyone else, but because she was an MTV reality star. How many potential candidates with substance was she chosen over?

    Long story short (and apologies about the early morning rant, but the backwards look irritated me), Emily is super cool, talented, and hard-working, which is evidenced by everything on this site. Keep up the fantastic work!

  • joannanyc

    I actually FORGOT Emily was on The Hills! Thanks for reminding me ;-)

  • http://aesthetic-li.com/ Aliya

    Whitney has always been my favorite person, very classy!