LINDA Evangelista is known as a Canadian fashion model and one of the top supermodels from the 1990s.
The 5′ 10″ model made headlines in September of 2021 after taking to social media to talk to fans about her absence from the spotlight, blaming it on the cosmetic procedure CoolSculpting.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a brand name for the well known cosmetic procedure that is designed to tone muscles and eliminate fat.
The method used during the procedure is called cryolipolysis and was developed by scientists after studying what happens to fat during frostbite.
According to WebMD, the procedure involves freezing fat and a higher temperature than skin then cooling it to a temperature that will destroy it leaving the skin and surrounding tissues unharmed.
Doctors end up leaving the paddles on your skin for 35 to 90 minutes in which 20%-25% of the targeted fat cells are then destroyed.
While it might sound like a quick thing, results may not show for a few months and it is not recommended for weight loss and comes with many risks.
CoolSculpting however is FDA-approved.
What did Linda Evangelista say about CoolSculpting?
On September 22, 2021, Evangelista took to Instagram to claim the procedure left her "deformed" and "permanently disfigured."
Evangelista wrote: "Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself over five years. To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers' careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq's CoolSculpting procedure.
"It did the opposite of what it promised. It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries."
"I have been left, as the media described, 'unrecognizable'," she added, explaining that she wasn't properly warned of the potential side effects.
"I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk of which I was not made aware before I had the procedures," Evangelista continued. "PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing. In the process, I have become a recluse."
The model went on to reveal that she now is suing the company as a result.
"With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story. I'm so tired of living this way.
"I would like to walk out my door with my held held high, despite not looking like myself any longer."
What have people said about Linda Evangelista statement?
Following Evangelista's post, many fans and industry friends headed to the comments section to share their sympathy and support.
Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott wrote: "You are and always will be a supermodel, now adding super role model of courage to your glorious resume. I love you."
Mad Men star January Joned added: "Love that you're reclaiming your story. This strength and bravery supersedes any superficial outward appearance. An icon is an icon is an icon. Always."
Supermodel Helena Christensen also commented on her bravery saying: "It would've taken immense courage and strength to write these words. I can honestly say that I broke down in tears reading this, not only because I knew in my heart you somehow had been quietly going through something deeply personal and disturbing but also because I thought of all the scars life leaves on us all, whether physical or emotional and how long we suffer mostly in silence and alone.
"It is so important and beautiful when someone steps out of the shadow and are brutally honest and real. Thank you for being beautiful inside and out."
At this time, details surrounding Evangelista's lawsuit are unclear.
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