Linda Evangelista poses for British Vogue with tape and elastic holding her face after being ‘deformed’ |  Ents & Arts News

Linda Evangelista poses for British Vogue with tape and elastic holding her face after being ‘deformed’ | Ents & Arts News

Linda Evangelista – one of the most famous faces of the 1990s fashion industry – has described having her face held back with tape and rubber bands for a photo shoot with British Vogue.

The Canadian supermodel claimed she had been “permanently deformed” and “brutally disfigured” after a cosmetic fat-freezing procedure last September.

The 57-year-old said the CoolSculpting treatment resulted in paradoxical fatty hyperplasia, where the fat tissue on her body increased in size rather than shrinking.

Appears on the front page of British Vogueshe said make-up artist Pat McGrath used tape and rubber bands to pull back her face, jaw and neck.

She featured in a number of different outfits but only showed the front of her face.

“It’s not my jaw and neck in real life – and I can’t walk around with tape and rubber bands everywhere.” Evangelista so.

“I try to love myself as I am. Look, for pictures, I always think we’re here to create fantasies. We create dreams. I think it’s allowed.”

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“Plus, all my insecurities are taken care of in these pictures, so I get to do what I love to do,” she added.

Denying the photoshoot marked a comeback after years of living as a “recluse”, she added: “Am I healed mentally? Absolutely not. But I’m so grateful for the support I got from my friends and from my industry.

“You’re not going to see me in a bathing suit, that’s for sure. It’s going to be hard to find jobs with things sticking out of me; without retouching, or squeezing into things, or taping things or compressing or tricking.”

CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, which cools down fat so that frozen, dead fat cells can be excreted from the body through the liver.

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Speaking about the procedure, Evangelista said she was drawn to it through advertising and her own vanity.

“These CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over again, asking, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’ They spoke to me,” she said.

“It was about stubborn fat in areas that wouldn’t budge. It said no downtime, no surgery and…I drank the potion and I wanted to because I’m a little vain.”

However, she went on to say that if she had known the side effects “could include losing your livelihood” and ending up “so depressed you hate yourself”, she wouldn’t have gone through with it.

Evangelista has since settled a lawsuit in New York against Zeltiq Aesthetics, CoolSculpting’s parent company.

In a statement to British Vogue, a representative for Zeltiq said the company was “delighted” to have resolved the dispute, but added that its focus remains on “building trust by providing safe, reliable aesthetic products and services backed by science” .

The full feature is in the September issue of British Vogue, available from Tuesday.

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