Linda Evangelista Overcomes Botched Procedure And Returns To Modeling


It seemed like it was going to be a terrible cosmetic procedure after I had it. Linda EvangelistaShe was going to disappear from the public eye. Photographs became few and far between, leaving fans to remember the supermodel as she was in the ’90s at the height of her fame. But after going public with her story, Evangelista has made it clear that she’s not hiding anymore.

Linda Evangelista Ready To ‘Finally Speak’

She was one of the first supermodels—a group of women that dominated the fashion industry like never before throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s. Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington were two of her peers. They were both well-known and recognizable for many decades. Linda Evangelista was devastated to learn that she had an allergic reaction to a non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

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“I loved being up on the catwalk. Now I dread running into someone I know,” Evangelista told People This year, earlier. “I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer. I’m willing to finally speak.”

In 2015, Evangelista started CoolSculpting sessions—a popular, FDA-approved “fat freezing”Alternatives to liposuction. The model noticed that the areas she had been trying to shrink with these procedures were actually growing in the months after her first visit. According to Evangelista, the procedures didn’t reduce her fat—it only increased and hardened it.

‘I Thought I Was Losing My Mind’

Evangelista was furious at herself for making the changes. She thought her diet or her fitness level were the culprits. She stopped exercising as much and ate less. She went to the doctor in June 2016, ten months after receiving her first treatment. “I dropped my robe for him,”She keeps it all in her mind. “I was bawling, and I said, ‘I haven’t eaten, I’m starving. What am I doing wrong?””

That’s when she was diagnosed with Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)—a rare side effect that appears in less than 1 percent of CoolSculpting patients. The PAH is the time when the “fat freezing”The tissue actually expands and thickens as a result.

After contacting CoolSculpting with the upsetting news, Evangelista says they offered to pay for liposuction to remove the affected areas—on one condition. The offer was contingent on the model signing a confidentiality agreement that would prevent her from speaking about her experience. Evangelista said she refused to sign the confidentiality agreement and that she paid for the liposuction procedures. The PAH returned despite all the precautions taken.

Covering Mirrors to The Cover Of Vogue

It’s been a long journey since then. According to Evangelista she was haunted after what should have been a straightforward, trusted fat-removal process. She sued CoolSculpting’s parent company for $50 million. She’s since settled the case and insists she’s ready to “put this matter behind” her. However, she did not publish her story in the pages Vogue Britain.

Evangelista graces the September issue cover of Vogue. Supermodel Evangelista is now back to what she loves, and it’s all down to her head-to-toe fashion choices. The photos show what appears to be a miraculous recovery. But Evangelista reveals that the magic is in the makeup and wardrobe departments.

“That’s not my jaw and neck in real life—and I can’t walk around with tape and elastics everywhere,”She spoke about the photos that made it into print. “You know what, I’m trying to love myself as I am, but for the photos… I always think we’re here to create fantasies. We’re creating dreams. I think it’s allowed. Also, all my insecurities are taken care of in these pictures, so I got to do what I love to do.”

Evangelista’s life has changed dramatically this year. After years of hiding, her striking features were finally exposed to the world by the Fendi campaign.

It’s clear Evangelista isn’t done with fashion—and fashion certainly isn’t done with her.

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