Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has been photographed in a rare outing after she revealed plastic surgery ‘failed’ had left her “brutally disfigured”.
Evangelista, 57, was one of the highest-paid and most successful models of the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in countless magazines, on the runways of Paris and New York and in music videos for the world’s biggest pop stars.
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Her career continued into the 2000s, but a botched procedure in 2016 made her a recluse, and the Fashion everyone wondered where the hell he had gone.
After years of “hiding”, the Canadian supermodel went public in September last year with an explanation of what had happened, revealing that a fat-freezing procedure had side effects that left her living in “shame” for years.
But he added that he would no longer hide and that he wanted to start living life again.
In the new images, taken Wednesday in New York, Evangelista is dressed casually in a denim jacket, black pants and Birkenstock shoes.
With no makeup and a mask under her chin, her hair is pulled back in a loose bun and she wears clear glasses as she waves to an Uber.
She was later photographed wearing a black mask and the same jean jacket over a long gray dress while carrying a large bouquet of flowers.
In an Instagram post last year, Evangelista revealed that she had developed a rare reaction after undergoing a cryolipolysis procedure called CoolSculpting, which is meant to shrink fat cells.
Instead, for Evangelista it had the opposite effect, leaving her with “lumps” of fat all over her body.
“For all 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,” she wrote.
“It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently misshapen after undergoing two painful and unsuccessful corrective surgeries.
“I have been left, as the media described, ‘unrecognizable’.”
In an interview with People Two months later, Evangelista said she thought she was “going crazy” when hard, bulging growths began to form on her bust, chin and thighs.
He had developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a rare side effect that he says he was not told about before having the procedure.
Evangelista said she began to dread meeting people she knew from her modeling heyday, when she stormed runways with fellow supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.
She became a recluse, but in the People interview said he was “finished hiding”.
“I can no longer live like this, hidden and ashamed,” she said.
“I just couldn’t live with this pain any longer.
“I am willing to finally speak.”
The former model has since filed a lawsuit against Zeltiq for $50 million, claiming lost income as she has been unable to work as a model since.
Evangelista’s sighting in New York comes days after her ex-husband, Gerald Marie, was implicated in an alleged “sex ring” while running the European offices of Elite Model Management in the 1980s and 1990s.
Marie, now 72, was married to Evangelista from 1987 to 1993.
In an ongoing lawsuit, American model Carré Sutton, formerly Carré Otis, alleged that Marie repeatedly raped her after she signed with her modeling agency in 1985, when she was 16 years old.
She alleges that Marie “trafficked” young models to wealthy men across Europe and was known as the “Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry”.
Marie’s alleged abuse will be explored in an upcoming documentary series called Scouting For Girl: Fashion’s Darkest Secret.
He has denied all the accusations.
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