Linda Evangelista stunned on the cover of British Vogue's September issue, but she revealed that she had to have her face taped back for the photoshoot after a botched cosmetic procedure left her 'permanently deformed' and 'brutally disfigured'

Linda Evangelista has face taped back for British Vogue cover following CoolSculpting procedure

Linda Evangelista stunned on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, but she revealed that she had to have her face taped back for the photoshoot, as she opened up about her struggle to ‘love herself’ again after a botched cosmetic procedure left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured.’

The model, 57, spent the last six years ‘in hiding’ after suffering from a rare reaction to the procedure known as CoolSculpting, which was designed to decrease her fat cells, but instead, made them become enlarged.

She has since undergone two liposuction surgeries in an attempt to fix the problem, and announced back in February that she was done living in ‘shame.’ Now, she recently returned to modeling – and she looked flawless on the cover of British Vogue’s newest issue.

However, while discussing the shoot, she admitted that her jaw and neck don’t look like that ‘in real life’ and that makeup artist Pat McGrath had to use tape and elastics to pull her features back, which she covered with scarves and hats.

She explained that she is still ‘trying to love herself’ after becoming ‘so depressed’ following the faulty procedure, and that using the tape ‘took care of’ her ‘insecurities’ so that she could feel confident while ‘doing what she loves to do’ again.

Linda Evangelista stunned on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, but she revealed that she had to have her face taped back for the photoshoot after a botched cosmetic procedure left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured’ 

The model, 57, spent the last six years ‘in hiding’ after suffering from a rare reaction to the procedure known as CoolSculpting, which was designed to decrease her fat cells, but instead, made them become enlarged 

Now, she returned to modeling – and she looked flawless on the cover of British Vogue. However, while discussing the shoot, she admitted that her jaw and neck don’t look like that ‘in real life.’ She is seen left for the magazine and right in June

She explained: ‘That’s not my jaw and neck in real life – and I can’t walk around with tape and elastics everywhere. I’m trying to love myself as I am. 

‘But for the photos… Look, for photos I always think we’re here to create fantasies. We’re creating dreams. I think it’s allowed. All my insecurities are taken care of in these pictures, so I got to do what I love to do.’

Linda – who appeared in her first campaign in six years last month when she posed for a Fendi ad – was hesitant to call this her ‘comeback,’ as she noted that she is almost entirely covered in the photoshoot. 

Throughout the ’90s, Linda was one of the biggest models in the industry, posing for numerous well-known magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, and Marie Claire, and strutting her stuff in runway shows for big brands including Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani, to name a few. 

However, she stopped working in 2016, and back in September, she revealed in a shocking Instagram post that the reason she had decided to retreat from the public eye was because she had developed ‘bulges’ all over her body after getting a cryolipolysis procedure, which she said left her ‘unrecognizable.’

She now spoke out about it further, explaining to British Vogue: ‘If I had known side effects may include losing your livelihood and [that I’d] end up so depressed that [I] hated [myself]… I wouldn’t have taken that risk.’ 

Linda recalled deciding to have the CoolSculpting procedure done after seeing frequent advertisements for it on TV.

She dished: ‘Those CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time – on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, and they would ask, “Do you like what you see in the mirror?”

‘They were speaking to me. It was about stubborn fat in areas that wouldn’t budge. It said no downtime, no surgery. I drank the magic potion, and I would because I’m a little vain. So I went for it – and it backfired.’ 

She explained that she is still ‘trying to love herself’ after becoming ‘so depressed’ following the faulty procedure, and that using the tape ‘took care of’ her ‘insecurities’ so that she could feel confident while ‘doing what she loves to do’ again 

Linda – who appeared in her first campaign in six years last month when she posed for a Fendi ad (pictured) – was hesitant to call this her ‘comeback,’ as she noted that she is almost entirely covered in the photoshoot 

‘Am I cured mentally? Absolutely not,’ she continued. ‘But I’m so grateful for the support I got from my friends and from my industry.’

Linda filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time that she has been unable to work since the procedures – which she settled in July.

In her suit, the runway icon had sought $50million in damages, alleging that she had been left ‘brutally disfigured’ by Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc’s CoolSculpting procedure, which she claimed ‘did the opposite of what it promised.

During the CoolSculpting procedure, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. a device that’s set below freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which causes cell death in the tissue. 

But Linda soon developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. 

With this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin. 

Zeltiq – which is a subsidiary of Allergan – markets and licenses devices used for such procedures.

Speaking to People magazine last year, the former runway star detailed how she thought she was going crazy and ‘stopped eating’ when the growths started to appear on her chin, thighs, and bust area – and how she now ‘dreads running into someone she knows’ after spending decades as a catwalk sensation. 

Linda detailed how within three months of her treatments, she noticed the bulges forming on her body, with the targeted areas growing rather than shrinking – before hardening and becoming numb. 

The star alleged that CoolSculpting offered to pay for liposuction for her to correct the damage caused by PAH after her doctor contacted them. However, she said that on the eve of her liposuction, Zeltiq said they would only pay for the procedure if she signed a confidentiality agreement – which she refused. 

Throughout the ’90s, Linda (pictured in 2003) was one of the biggest models in the industry, posing for numerous well-known magazines and strutting her stuff in runway shows for big brands including Chanel, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana

However, Linda (seen in 1991) stopped working in 2016, and back in September, she revealed in a shocking Instagram post that the reason she had decided to retreat from the public eye was because she had developed ‘bulges’ all over her body

In June 2016, Linda underwent a full body liposuction procedure, which she claims she paid for. She then underwent liposuction again in July 2017, and it’s unclear who covered the cost.

She said she had to wear girdles, a chin strap, and compression garments for eight weeks after the liposuction to prevent the PAH coming back – but said the condition did return after her second liposuction.

The model told the outlet that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror as ‘it doesn’t look like her,’ explaining that her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ is now ‘gone’ due to the condition.

She added: ‘If I walk without a girdle in a dress, I will have chafing to the point of almost bleeding. Because it’s not like soft fat rubbing, it’s like hard fat rubbing. [I can’t] put my arms flat along my side. I don’t think designers are going to want to dress me with that sticking out of my body.’

She also previously said of the lawsuit: ‘I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk of which I was not made aware before I had the procedures.

‘PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing.

‘In the process, I have become a recluse. With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story.

‘I’m so tired of living this way. I would like to walk out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any longer.’

In a statement to British Vogue, a representative for Zeltiq said: ‘We are pleased to have resolved this matter with Ms. Evangelista. 

‘Our focus continues to be on empowering confidence by providing safe, reliable aesthetics products and services backed by science. CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for visible fat bulges in the nine areas of the body.’

Linda (seen in 1990, left, and on the catwalk in 1989, right) developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of people who got the procedure

Speaking to People magazine last year, the former runway star (pictured in 2005) detailed how she thought she was going crazy and ‘stopped eating’ when the growths started to appear on her chin, thighs, and bust area 

The supermodel now said she is ‘happy’ to put the case behind her and is looking forward to ‘a new chapter’ in her life.

While Linda said ‘you’re not going to see her in a swimsuit,’ she does want to get back into modeling without having to ‘retouch, tape, compress or trick.’ But she added that it’s most likely going to be ‘difficult for her to find jobs’ with ‘things protruding from her.’

She added that she now ‘dreads running into someone she knows’ after spending decades as a catwalk sensation and that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror as ‘it doesn’t look like her’

Once one of the most famous supermodels in the world, Linda racked up over 60 magazine covers during her hugely successful career. But her biggest dream was always to appear on the cover of Vogue – which has now come true again.

During a behind-the-scenes clip shared on the publication’s Instagram, she spoke about her long-lasting career in the modeling industry, and how much it means to her to pose for the outlet.

‘My big dream was to be on a Vogue cover and it’s happening again. I got to work with the most fabulous team, dream come true again,’ she gushed.

Looking back on her hectic schedule to British Vogue, she said: ‘How did I keep going? This is the truth: I was young. You could go out and eat salty fried food and drink Champagne, sleep at 3am and be up again at 5am. 

‘Drugs were offered to me, but I never touched them, I’m not saying I was an angel… but I was terrified of drugs.’

Linda admitted that she had some negative experiences in her early years in the industry, including one incident in Japan where a modelling agency asked her to take all her clothes off.

‘I went to the agency and it was all, “Take your clothes off, we need your measurements,” but they already had my measurements,’ she revealed. ‘They wanted me naked and it wasn’t a “would you do nudes” conversation, it was a “you will do nudes.”

‘I left 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.’ 

See the full feature in the September issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 23rd August. 

WHAT IS PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA (PAH)?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a rare, previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis. 

Cryolipolysis uses cooling to damage and destroy subcutaneous fat cells, without damaging the skin to reduce the amount of fat in the treated area.

This phenomenon of PAH has a reported rate of incidence of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. Many physicians see numerous cases in their offices.

PAH causes a gradual enlargement of the treated area. It occurs when the stimulus (the freezing of fat cells) activates a reactionary process in the fatty tissue that thickens and expands the fat cells rather than breaking them down and allowing the body to process and remove them.

PAH is only known to occur following a cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment. 

PAH typically cannot be confirmed until about 6 months post-procedure, with patients complaining that they are getting bigger in the exact shape of the applicator, as depicted below.

 SOURCE: WIFH.COM


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