Linda Evangelista on the new cover of Vogue talks about the disfiguring cosmetic procedure

Written Oscar Holland, CNN

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has opened up about the mental health effects of her ugly cosmetic procedure, telling British Vogue that she battled depression and even stopped eating at one point. The 57-year-old woman also revealed that she was affected by recurring TV commercials, saying she would have opted out of fat freezing treatment if she knew “the side effects could include loss of livelihood and (ending) depression such that you hate yourself.”
Evangelista’s comments come a year after she filed a $50 million lawsuit against US firm Zeltiq Aesthetics over her CoolSculpting body contouring procedure, which she said left her “brutally mutilated”. The Canadian model claimed to have been unaware of a rare side effect called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which causes swelling and thickening of fatty tissue.
In July, she announced that she had settled the lawsuit, but did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

The model was featured as the star of the upcoming September issue of British Vogue on Thursday, marking her first appearance on the cover of a British edition in nearly 24 years. The report is accompanied by a series of glossy photographs of Evangelista, rarely seen in public in her five years in hiding in New York.

“Am I mentally cured? Absolutely not,” she was quoted as saying, later adding, “I’m trying to love myself for who I am.”

“I was going crazy”

Linda Evangelista graced the cover of Vogue Credit: Steven Meisel/Vogue

In an extensive interview, Evangelista spoke about the various attempts she made to reverse the damage, including two liposuction procedures and wearing a compression garment. “My whole body was tightly girded for eight weeks – nothing helped,” she said.

The model also revealed that she was so depressed and “embarrassed” that she stopped eating completely.

“I just spent all this money and the only way I could think of to fix it was zero calories so I just drank water. Sometimes I would eat a celery stick or one apple,” she said, adding, “I was losing my mind.”

As a mainstay of 1980s and 90s fashion along with fellow supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, Evangelista said the publicity convinced her to get body shaping.

“These CoolSculpting commercials were all the time on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, and they were like, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’ They spoke to me. It was about stubborn fat in areas that didn’t budge. It said no downtime, no operations, and… I drank the magic potion, and I drank because I’m a little vain. for it – and it backfired.”

Zeltiq Aesthetics’ parent company, Allergan Aesthetics, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment at the time of the settlement. But a Zeltiq spokesperson told Vogue in a statement that the company is “delighted to address this with Ms. Evangelista,” adding: “Our focus remains on boosting self-confidence through the provision of science-backed, safe and reliable aesthetic products and services. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for visible fat bulges in nine areas of the body.”

"You won't see me in a bathing suit, that's for sure." Evangelista said.

“You definitely won’t see me in a bathing suit,” Evangelista said. Credit: Steven Meisel/Vogue

Gradual return to the spotlight

After several years without modeling, Evangelista took part in a high-profile campaign for the Italian label Fendi in July. But the model admitted that “it’s going to be hard to find work with things sticking out of me without retouching or pushing things into things or gluing things together or squeezing things or cheating.”

“You won’t see me in a bathing suit, that’s for sure,” she said. For recently published Vogue photos that mostly show Evangelista covered up, celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath “gently pulled her face, jaw and neck back with tape and elastic bands,” the magazine wrote. British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful hailed Evangelista’s return to the spotlight.

“There was a moment in fashion where no matter how successful you were, you were thrown out (in the trash) as soon as the expiration date expired,” he wrote in his editor’s note, adding that her generation of supermodels is still “loved” by readers. magazine. “I do not support this, and many others now do not. Therefore, for many reasons, I felt Linda’s absence keenly.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the model spoke about traveling to Japan in the early 1980s at the age of 16, when the agency forced her to strip.

“They wanted me to be naked, and it was not a question: “Would you shoot naked?” conversation, it was “You’re going to shoot naked,” she recalled. “I left and called my mother, and she said: “Come out now and go to the embassy.” That’s what I did and they brought me back home.”

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