After a CoolSculpting procedure left several areas of Linda Evangelista’s face and body with protruding fatty tissue, the model claims she stopped eating to cope with her paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.
The legendary model, who first opened up publicly in September 2021 about the effect of the rare post-procedure complication on her mental health and ability to work, recently gave more details about her experience with the cosmetic treatment to British Vogue for its September cover story.
During her account of the ordeal, the model revealed that she had tried everything from liposuction to a water-only diet in an effort to get rid of the hard, fatty lumps, and that she had eventually filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting company Zeltiq, which she later settled.
Multiple cuts and scars mar my body. She says, “I’ve tried everything: stitches, compression under my chin, tight girding my entire body for eight weeks. I felt terrible about my recent financial outlay, and the only thing I could think to do to make myself feel better was to consume zero calories by drinking water. One apple or a stalk of celery would suffice on occasion.
Evangelista had a son, Augustin James Evangelista, with Kering chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault, and she says that she “was losing my mind” as a result.
The model claims that after the surgery, she wore a full outfit only once, to take her then-13-year-old son to a football game. She says that she was concealing more than just her body from the public; she was also keeping parts of herself hidden from him.
When he asked me, “Remember when you used to be so much fun? ” my heart was stabbed. You used to make me laugh so much! Evangelista comments, thinking back on a formative experience. This remark was made in the purest of intentions. Holy cow, that was a lot to take in.
She admitted that she eventually told him why she wasn’t working, unlike her friends. She claims she warned him that he “might hear things and be embarrassed” if she filed a lawsuit to reveal what had happened to her.
He was as mature and compassionate as any 13-year-old could be, she recalls. He questioned why he should feel ashamed and responded, “Why would I be embarrassed?” Sorry about that. I don’t feel ashamed. Then he reassured me, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you.”
“What parent wants to be a burden to their child?” she asks the magazine, her voice cracking with emotion and then laughter. As you can see, sharing my experience was very beneficial for me.
Evangelista says she misses working in the interview and is hesitant to call her recent appearance on the cover of a fashion magazine or her work in a Fendi ad campaign a comeback to the modeling industry.
That’s the end of any chance of seeing her in a bikini, she says. Without retouching, squeezing, taping, compressing, or tricking, it will be difficult for me to find work because of the things that stick out from me.
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