Supermodel Linda Evangelista celebrated her return to modeling after a cosmetic surgery procedure that she says left her “permanently deformed.”
On Saturday, Evangelista, 57, shared on Instagram a photo of herself in a recent Fendi campaign, wearing various pink satin hats and posing with Fendi bags. In the caption, the model revealed that the luxury fashion house is hosting a ” special fashion show ” in New York City, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Fendi baguette bag.
“On September 9, 2022, @Fendi will host a special fashion show in New York City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the #FendiBaguette , designed by @silviaventurinifendi , and two years since @mrkimjones joined the Maison as artistic director of haute couture and women’s fashion. #Fendi ”, Evangelista wrote in the caption, before adding that she is “very grateful” to those involved in the campaign.
Evangelista previously claimed in a September 2021 Instagram post that she had been left “permanently deformed” by the popular fat-freezing procedure, cryolipolysis.
In the lengthy post, the Canadian supermodel said she had suffered a number of unusual side effects after undergoing CoolSculpting, a brand name for the fat-freezing process, and that two corrective surgeries had been “unsuccessful.”
“To my followers who have wondered why I haven’t been working while my peers’ careers have prospered, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the opposite of what it promised,” revealed Evangelista, adding that the procedure allegedly “increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently misshapen, even after undergoing two painful and unsuccessful corrective surgeries.” According to himwebsiteof CoolSculpting, “unusual side effects may occur” as a result of the procedure and “may cause visible enlargement of the treated area, which may develop two to five months after treatment and require surgical intervention for correction.”
According to Evangelista, in addition to the physical side effects, the experience also “destroyed” the way she makes a living and subjected her “to a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and the lowest depths of self-loathing.” “In the process, I have become a recluse,” she wrote in her Instagram post. At the time, the supermodel also revealed that she had filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., for $50 million in damages.
However, while arguing withPeopleabout the effects of the cosmetic procedure in February of this year, Evangelista said she planned to continue to speak openly about the experience, hoping to rid herself of the “shame” she felt.
“I hope I can get rid of some of the embarrassment and help other people who are in the same situation as me. That is my goal,” she expressed, adding, “I am not going to hide anymore.” Since the announcement of the new campaign, which appears to be Evangelista’s first foray into the world of modeling since the cosmetic procedure, fans have congratulated the model and many have shared their delight at her return.
“[I’m] So, so, so happy to see this. Congratulations@lindaevangelistawelcome back,” one fan wrote, while another said, “The queen is back!”
“You’ll always be the best! Welcome back!” someone else commented on the post.