Linda Evangelista – one of the most famous faces in the 1990s fashion industry – described having her face held up with tape and rubber band for a photo shoot with British Vogue.
The Canadian model has claimed she was left ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured’ following 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 rather than shrinking.
She has since settled a lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics, the parent company of CoolSculpting.
Appearing on the cover of British vogueEvangelista said makeup artist Pat McGrath used tape and rubber bands to pull back her face, jawline and neck.
She featured in a number of different outfits, but only showed the front of her face.
“It’s not my jaw and my neck in real life – and I can’t walk around with tape and rubber bands all over the place,” Evangelist said.
“I try to love myself as I am. Look, for the pictures, I always think we’re here to create fantasies. We create dreams. I think that’s allowed.”
“Also, all of my insecurities are reflected in these photos, so I have to do what I love to do,” she added.
Denying that the photoshoot marked a comeback after several years of ‘reclusive’ life, she added: “Am I mentally healed? Absolutely not. But I’m so grateful for the support I’ve had from my friends. and my industry.
“You’re not going to see me in a bathing suit, that’s for sure. It’s going to be hard to get jobs with things sticking out from me; without retouching, or squeezing into things, or gluing things or compressing or deceive.”
CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis which cools fat so that frozen, dead fat cells can be excreted out of the body by the liver.
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Speaking about the procedure, Evangelista said she was drawn to it by her publicity and her own vanity.
“These CoolSculpting ads were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, and they were like, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’ They were talking to me,” she says.
“It was stubborn fat in areas that weren’t moving. It said no downtime, no surgery and… I drank the magic potion, and I would because I’m a little vain .”
However, she went on to say that if she had known the side effects “could include losing your livelihood” and being “so depressed that you hate yourself”, she wouldn’t have done it.
Last month, Evangelista said she had settled the lawsuit in New York. Sky News has seen documents confirming the case has been settled out of court. Both parties will pay their own legal fees and expenses.
In a statement to British Vogue, a representative for Zeltiq said the company was “happy” to have resolved the dispute.
“Our goal continues to be to build trust by providing safe and reliable science-backed aesthetic products and services,” the rep said.
“CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved non-invasive treatment for visible fat bulges in all nine areas of the body.”
The full report is in the September issue of British Vogue, available from Tuesday.