Linda Evangelista returns to modeling for the first time since cosmetic procedure left her ‘permanently deformed’

Model Linda Evangelista has celebrated her return to modeling after speaking out about a cosmetic surgery procedure which she says left her “permanently deformed”.

n On Saturday, Evangelista, 57, shared a photo of herself from a recent Fendi campaign, in which she could be seen wearing several pink satin hats and posing with Fendi handbags, on Instagram. In the caption, the model revealed that the luxury fashion house will hold a “special fashion show” in New York in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Fendi baguette bag.

“On September 9, 2022, @Fendi will hold a special fashion show in New York to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the #FendiBaguette, designed by @silviaventurinifendi, and two years since @mrkimjones joined the Maison as artistic director of the couture and womenswear. #Fendi,” Evangelista wrote in the caption, adding that she’s “very grateful” to those involved in the campaign.

Evangelista’s appearance in the Fendi campaign comes after she claimed in a September 2021 Instagram post that she was left “permanently deformed” by cryolipolysis, a popular fat-freezing procedure.

In the lengthy post, the Canadian model said she suffered a series of rare side effects after undergoing CoolSculpting, a brand name for the fat-freezing process, and that two corrective surgeries were “unsuccessful”.

“To my followers who wondered why I hadn’t worked out when my peers’ careers were thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what ‘she promised,” Evangelista said, adding that the procedure would “increase, not decrease, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful and unsuccessful corrective surgeries.”

According to the CoolSculpting website, “rare side effects may occur” as a result of the procedure and “may cause visible enlargement in the treated area, which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgery to repair it.” the correction”.

According to Evangelista, in addition to the physical side effects, the experience also “destroyed” her livelihood and sent her “into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and the lowest depths of self-loathing”. . “In the process, I became a recluse,” she wrote in her Instagram post.

At the time, the model also revealed that she had filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages.

However, while speaking to People about the effects of the cosmetic procedure in February this year, Evangelista said she planned to continue to talk openly about the experience in hopes of shedding the “shame” she felt. felt.

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“I hope I can get rid of some of the shame and help other people who are in the same situation as me. That’s my goal,” she said, adding, “I don’t I’m not going to hide anymore.”

Since the announcement of the new campaign, which appears to be Evangelista’s first foray into modeling since the cosmetic procedure, fans have been cheering on the model, with many sharing their joy at her return.

“So, so, so happy to see that. Congratulations @lindaevangelista, welcome back,” one fan wrote, while another said, “Queen is back!”

“You will always be the best! Glad to see you again!” someone else commented below the photo.

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