A Canadian celebrity who rose to fame among the supermodels of the 1990s has gone public with the reason why she has retreated from the spotlight.
In a social media post, 56-year-old Linda Evangelista, who was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, explained that over the past five years she stopped working and withdrew from the public eye, as she kept something secret to herself.
On Instagram, she explained that she was “brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure”, which removes fat cells through a process called cryolipolysis.
Instead of decreasing her fat cells as intended, the process resulted in the opposite effect, which left her “permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries”.
She explained that she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which is a rare side effect of cryolipolysis involving fat tissue thickening.
As she became a “recluse”, she said that she has also been suffering from “deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing”.
She is launching a lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics, claiming that the procedure damaged her body, quality of life, and career, according to CBC News. The lawsuit states that the company failed to warn her about the side effects.
Evangelista was one of a number of supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, who became household names, popularized the term supermodel in the ’90s, and many of whom continue to work in fashion, screen industries, or other media.