“I was disfigured”: supermodel Linda Evangelista claims to be the victim of fat reduction treatment

With Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, she was part of a generation of models as famous as movie stars. In the 1990s, the face of the Canadian Linda Evangelista was everywhere, from the catwalks to the campaigns of the biggest brands to the music video for “Freedom”, the legendary hit by George Michael.

The one who was once the companion of the American actor Kyle McLachlan, then of the French footballer Fabien Barthez, put an end to his career, in 2007, making only rare public appearances. And if she has an Instagram account, her followers worried that they would not see new pictures there for many months.

I was immersed in a cycle of deep depression, great sadness, and immense self-loathing.– Linda Evangelista

In a post published this Wednesday, Linda Evangelista, 56, breaks the silence and reveals the reasons for her absence. “Today I took a big step towards all the pain I suffered and kept a secret for five years“, she begins.”To my fans who wondered why my career had stalled, I was actually disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the exact opposite of what it promised..”

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Linda Evangelista explains that she was the victim of a device, yet approved by the American health agency, which promises to destroy fat cells in the body or face by cold. “This developed, instead of shrinking, my fat cells, which made me permanently deformed, even after having had two painful restorative surgeries.“, notes the ex-model.”I was left, as the media say ‘unrecognizable‘”.

Following one of these operations, Linda Evangelista recounts having developed paradoxical fat hyperplasia, “a risk of which she was not informed before the procedure“, and which manifests itself by the formation of a localized and consolidated zone of fat. A side effect which has,”not only destroyed my livelihood, but also plunged me into a cycle of deep depression, great sadness, and immense self-loathing“.

The star has therefore decided to take legal action against the brand that markets this treatment. “By filing a complaint, I go forward to get rid of my shame, and make my story public“, she insists.”I am so tired of living this way. I would like to go out with my head held high, even if I will never get my physique back. “Since the publication of her post, Linda Evangelista has received the support of many fashion stars such as Cindy Crawford, Alessandra Ambrosio, Helena Christensen and designer Marc Jacobs.

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