Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista has bravely opened up about why we haven’t seen her for so many years.
In a candid message posted on Instagram, she reveals that she’s been in a “deep depression” after undergoing a CoolSculpting procedure several years ago that left her “brutally disfigured.”
But she’s finally ready to own the story and end the shame she feels about it:
“Today, I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years,” she begins.
“To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers’ careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised.”
According to Linda the procedure, which is supposed to freeze and reduce fat cells in the body, increased them instead and left her “deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries.”
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At one point, she refers to headlines which described her as “unrecognizable” – which shows how completely unaware the tabloids are of what might be happening in someone’s life when they make judgmental comments.
Linda in fact had developed “Paradoxical Adippose Hyperplasia,” an extremely rare risk of the fat-freezing procedure.
“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. I have become a recluse.”
She adds that she is now suing the company as she was not made aware of the risk before having the procedure done.
“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.”
Linda ends with the hashtags “#MyTruth” and “#MyStory.”
Her post has since received thousands of messages of support, some from her fellow 90s supermodels including Christy Turlington who writes “you are loved”, Claudia Schiffer who posted “Proud of you, love you,” Cindy Crawford who says “your strength and true essence are forever recognizable and iconic” and Helena Christensen who praises her for being true to herself:
“It would’ve taken immense courage and strength to write these words. I can honestly say that I broke down in tears reading this. Not only because I knew in my heart you somehow had been quietly going through something deeply personal and disturbing but also because I thought of all the scars life leaves on us all, whether physical or emotional and how long we suffer mostly in silence and alone. It is so important and beautiful when someone steps out of the shadow and are brutally honest and real. Thank you for being beautiful inside and out.”
Naomi Cambpell shared a similar sentiment writing: “I applaud you for your courage and strength to share your experience and not be held hostage by it anymore. You know I love you. We love you, and are here for you always, right by your side. I can’t imagine the pain you’ve gone through mentally these past 5 years. You’re free of it now, remember who you are and what you have achieved and your influence and all the lives of people you have touched and still doing so to this very day by sharing your story. Proud of you, and support you every step of the way.”
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