British lingerie magnate Michelle Mone has told of her embarrassment after lifting up a man she mistook for a 6-year-old boy.

The Conservative Party member of the House of Lords, formally known as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, was addressing 3000 people in Vietnam as part of her mentoring programme when she made the unfortunate gaffe.

The 44-year-old founder and former chief of the Ultimo lingerie brand told her one million Twitter followers:

The incident provoked a mixed response on Twitter, with some users criticising her for embarrassing the man further, and others finding it amusing.