Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has been pictured on a rare outing after she revealed that plastic surgery “botched” had left her “ruthlessly disfigured”.
Evangelista, 57, was one of the highest-paid, most successful models of the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in countless magazines, on the Paris and New York catwalks and in music videos for the world’s biggest pop stars.
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Her career continued into the 2000s, but a procedure that went wrong in 2016 turned her into a recluse — and the fashion The world wondered where on earth she had gone.
After years of going “in hiding,” the Canadian supermodel went public last September with an explanation of what had happened, revealing that a fat-freezing procedure had side effects that left her in “shame” for years.
But she added that she would no longer hide and want to start living again.
In the new photos, taken Wednesday in New York, Evangelista is casually dressed in a denim jacket, black pants and Birkenstock shoes.
Without makeup and with a mask under her chin, she wears her hair loosely in a bun and has clear glasses as she swings down an Uber ride.
She was later depicted wearing a black mask and the same denim jacket over a long gray dress while carrying a large bouquet of flowers.
In an Instagram post last year, Evangelista revealed she had developed a rare reaction after a cryolipolysis procedure called CoolSculpting, which aims to reduce fat cells.
Instead, it had the opposite effect for Evangelista, leaving her with fatty “bulges” all over her body.
“To all my followers who have been wondering why I didn’t work while my colleagues’ careers were booming, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the opposite of what it promised” she wrote.
“It increased, not my fat cells decreased and left me permanently disfigured after two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries.
“I was left, as the media described, ‘unrecognizable’.”
In an interview with People two months later, Evangelista said she thought she was “going crazy” when hard, lumpy growths started to form on her bust, chin and thighs.
She had developed paradoxical fat hyperplasia, a rare side effect that she claims was not told before the procedure was performed.
Evangelista said she began to fear running into people she knew from her modeling days when she stormed the catwalks with fellow supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.
She became a hermit, but in the People interview she said she was “done hiding”.
“I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and in shame,” she said.
“I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer.
“I am ready to speak at last.”
The former model has since filed a lawsuit against Zeltiq for $50 million, claiming lost revenue because she has been unable to model since then.
Evangelista’s sighting in New York comes days after her former husband, Gerald Marie, was involved in an alleged “sex ring” while he ran Elite Model Management’s European offices in the 1980s and 1990s.
Marie, now 72, was married to Evangelista from 1987 to 1993.
In an ongoing lawsuit, American model Carré Sutton, formerly Carré Otis, alleged that Marie had repeatedly raped her after she signed up to his modeling agency in 1985 at the age of 16.
She claims that Marie “trade” young models to wealthy men all over Europe and was known as the “Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry.”
Marie’s alleged abuse will be explored in an upcoming documentary series called Scouting For Girl: Fashion’s Darkest Secret.
He has denied all allegations.
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