Terri Seymour Hit the Runway in Nothing But ‘Knickers’ and the 9-Inch Heels That Toppled Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell, queen of the catwalk, master of the runway strut, stumbled to the floor in a towering pair of Vivienne Westwood’s iconic platform-heeled Super Elevated Gillie shoes during a spring 1994 presentation.

Strapping on the skyscraper shoes was daunting, to say the least, for TV personality Terri Seymour, who got her start as a model and once walked in a Westwood show in the infamous 9-inch heels. Yes, it’s daunting to walk in the shoes — but she was more worried about her modesty than falling, so she forgot about the heels.

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Terri Seymour, partner Clark Mallon and daughter Coco Seymour-Mallon, in kids’ Chuck Taylors, at Safe Kids Day in Culver City, Calif.
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“When I was modeling years ago, I was doing a show for Vivienne Westwood, and I remember worrying about walking in those shoes — you know, the ones Naomi Campbell fell in,” Seymour told Footwear News on Sunday, at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., at the annual Safe Kids Day celebration. 

Behind the scenes, she said, no guidance was given on how to walk properly in the footwear. Still, that wasn’t the most intimidating part of the runway show — rather, it was the complete outfit: only panties, shoes and a smile.

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Naomi Campbell falls on the runway at Vivienne Westwood’s spring ’94 show.
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“They just put you in the shoes and off you go, but I was more worried about what I was wearing — which was next to nothing,” Seymour said. “She sent me out in knickers and nothing else. So I was placing my hair strategically and forgot about the shoes.”

Seymour attended the Safe Kids Day event with her daughter, Coco Seymour-Mallon, who had on kids’ Chuck Taylors, and her partner, Clark Mallon.

The “Extra” correspondent joined other celebrity moms and dads to give a boost of star power in support of Safe Kids, an organization that raises awareness around and supports children’s injury prevention.

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Sujata Day at the 2017 Safe Kids Day celebration in Culver City, Calif.
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Meanwhile, actress Sujata Day shared that she’s also eager for fans to see her sophomore-season return to “Insecure.”

“I’m back at We Got Y’all with the co-workers. There’s a lot going on from the cliffhanger in season one, but [season two] is focusing on the friendships,” she said of her character Sarah in Issa Rae’s HBO series.

Day says the workplace subjects that will be explored in the comedy resonate with her, as she once had a turn in the corporate world. “I worked at a place called Accenture, and there it’s always like, ‘Are you friends with them? Do you hang out with them? And if you do, do you get drunk with them? Is it awkward after the Christmas party?’ I think they are really delving into those issues on the show.”

At We Got Y’all, the series’ fictional nonprofit, her business-casual wardrobe became the envy of the cast. “I put on these comfortable slider-sneaker shoes,” she said. “Literally the entire day, everyone said, ‘I want those shoes — they look so good.’ By the end of the day, it changed my mind about the shoe. My character gets to wear flat shoes, which is awesome. I want to say they were Aldo.”

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