Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista settled with the company that performed a cosmetic procedure on her that left her “permanently deformed.”
“I am pleased to have solved the case,” she reported on her social networks, referring to a treatment she underwent five years ago to reduce her body fat, and which actually increased it. In September of last year, she told her 1.2 million Instagram followers that the surgery had left her ” unrecognizable.” Therefore, she disappeared from the public scene.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The NCT asked both the model and Allergan, the parent company behind the procedure, for comment, but received no response. The model said last year that she underwent ” two painful and unsuccessful corrective surgeries ” after the slimming procedure, also known as body contouring, had the opposite effect.
“To my followers who have wondered why I haven’t been working while my co-workers’ careers have been prosperous. The reason is that I was brutally disfigured by [a procedure] that did the opposite of what it promised,” she explained.
The aftermath of the surgeries “not only destroyed my livelihood, but sent me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness, and the bottom of self-loathing. In the process I’ve become a recluse.”
The procedure, which has gained popularity in recent years, uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body.
“The fat cells at the treatment site grow larger rather than shrink,” she explained, describing the “very rare but serious side effect” she had experienced.
“Why this is happening is not fully understood” she added.
Evangelista rose to fame in the 1990s as part of a group of emerging supermodels, walking catwalks around the world for top designers. She also appeared in a George Michael music video alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. The model has kept a low profile in recent years and rarely posts new images of herself on social media.
In the few photos she has posted, her face is often partially obscured by a headscarf or hat.