Linda Evangelista ‘was persuaded by TV commercials’ to get fat freezing Fashion

Linda Evangelista ‘was persuaded by TV commercials’ to get fat freezing Fashion

Linda Evangelista has revealed how she was persuaded by TV adverts to undergo a fat-freezing cosmetic procedure which left her with a rare side effect which she said put her livelihood at risk.

The supermodel stars on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, her first since announcing she was “permanently disfigured” after a treatment known as CoolSculpting.

Although she initially believed the remedy to be a “magic potion”, it led to her having to undergo liposuction after developing complications which caused a radical change in her appearance – leaving things “sticking out from me”.

In the interview, she said, “These CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, asking, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’

“They talked to me. 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. So I went for it— and it backfired.”

Evangelista, 57, said she has tried different methods to correct the rare complication after the procedure, known as paradoxical fatty hyperplasia. She has had two rounds of liposuction, and at one point she stopped eating.

“I was so embarrassed, I’d just spent all this money and the only way I could think of to fix it was zero calories and then I’d just drink water. Or sometimes I’d have a stick of celery or an apple, ” she said. “I was losing my mind.”

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which is remarkably rare, occurs when freezing fat cells causes a reaction in the adipose tissue that causes the cells to expand instead of breaking down.

Evangelista said she is now “trying to love myself the way I am” but still regrets the procedure. “If I had known side effects could include losing your livelihood and you’ll end up so depressed you hate yourself … I wouldn’t have taken that risk,” she said.

Evangelista said she is still suffering from the psychological effects of the botched surgery, but has received help from her friends.

“Am I healed mentally? Absolutely not, she said. “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.”

In the Vogue photos, shot by veteran photographer Steven Meisel, Evangelista looks recognizably glamorous, albeit notably covered up. The model is keen to make it clear that this is not an accurate representation.

“It’s not my jaw and neck in real life — and I can’t walk around with tape and rubber bands everywhere,” Evangelista said in the interview. “You know what, I try to love myself the way I am, but for the pictures… Look, for pictures, I always think we’re here to create fantasies.”

Evangelista was one of the original supermodels – in 1990 she famously said “we don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” – but the reality behind this era’s glamor is now being revealed.

After Kate Moss opened up about her experiences as a young model on Desert Island Discs in July, Evangelista also shared a story about landing a modeling contract in Japan when she was 16.

“I went to the agency and it was all, ‘take your clothes off, we need your measurements,’ but they already had my measurements,” she said. “They wanted me naked and it wasn’t a ‘do you want to do nudes’ conversation, it was a ‘you want to do nudes’ conversation.” I went and called my mother and she said, ‘Get out now and get to the embassy.’ So that’s what I did, and they got me home.”

The model originally spoke about her experiences with CoolSculpting on Instagram in September 2021. She then sued Zeltiq Aesthetics, the company behind CoolSculpting, citing serious injuries, for $50m (£42m). The case was settled last month, for an undisclosed amount.

This Vogue cover is the second high-profile photograph she has completed in the past year. In July, she appeared in advertising for the luxury brand Fendi, also shot by Steven Meisel.

In a statement to Vogue, a US-based representative for Zeltiq said: “We are pleased to have resolved this matter with Evangelista.”

“Our focus continues to be on building trust by providing safe, reliable aesthetic products and services backed by science. CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for visible fat bulges in nine areas of the body.”

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