Linda Evangelista, one of the most famous faces in the fashion industry of the 1990s, has described having her face held up with tape and elastic for a photo shoot with British Vogue.
The Canadian supermodel claimed she had been left “permanently deformed” and “brutally disfigured” by a cosmetic fat-freezing procedure in September last year.
The 57-year-old said the CoolSculpting treatment resulted in paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where the fatty tissue in her body increased in size instead of shrinking.
Appears on the cover of british fashionHe said makeup artist Pat McGrath used duct tape and elastics to remove his face, jaw and neck.
He appeared in several different outfits, but only showed the front of his face.
“That’s not my jaw and neck in real life, and I can’t walk around with duct tape and elastic everywhere.” Evangelist said.
“I’m trying to love myself as I am. Look, for photos, I always think we’re here to create fantasies. We’re creating dreams. I think it’s allowed.”
“Also, all my insecurities are resolved in these images, so I was able to do what I love to do,” he added.
Denying the photo shoot marked a comeback after several years living as a “recluse”, she added: “Am I healed mentally? Absolutely not. But I am very grateful for the support I received from my friends and from my industry.”
“You’re not going to see me in a bathing suit, that’s for sure. It’s going to be hard to find jobs with things sticking out of me; no retouching, or squeezing things, or gluing things or compressing or cheating.”
CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, which cools fat so that frozen, dead fat cells can be eliminated from the body through the liver.
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Speaking about the procedure, Evangelista said she was drawn in by its publicity and her own vanity.
“Those CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, asking, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’ They were talking to me,” she said.
“It was about stubborn fat in areas that wouldn’t budge. He said no downtime, no surgery and… I drank the magic potion, and I would because I’m a little vain.”
However, he went on to say that if he had known the side effects “can include losing his livelihood” and ending up “so depressed that he hates himself,” then he wouldn’t have done it.
Evangelist has since settled a lawsuit in New York v. Zeltiq Aesthetics, parent company of CoolSculpting.
In a statement to British Vogue, a Zeltiq representative said the company was “pleased” to have resolved the dispute, but added that its focus remains “building trust by providing safe and reliable aesthetic products and services backed by science.” .
The full feature is in the September issue of British Vogue, which is available from Tuesday.