Linda Evangelista stars on new Vogue cowl, opening up about disfiguring beauty process

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has opened up concerning the psychological well being toll of her disfiguring beauty process, telling British Vogue that she struggled with melancholy and at one level even stopped consuming. The 57-year-old additionally revealed she had been influenced by repeated TV commercials, saying she would have refused the fat-freezing therapy if she had recognized that “negative effects might embody dropping your livelihood and (ending) up so depressed that you just hate your self.”
Evangelista’s feedback come one 12 months after she filed a $50-million lawsuit in opposition to US agency Zeltiq Aesthetics over its CoolSculpting body-contouring process, which she mentioned left her “brutally disfigured.” The Canadian mannequin claimed that she was not made conscious of a uncommon facet impact, referred to as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, that causes swelling and the thickening of fatty tissue.
In July, she introduced that she had settled the swimsuit however didn’t reveal the phrases of the settlement.

The mannequin was unveiled because the star of British Vogue’s forthcoming September concern on Thursday, marking her first look on the UK version’s cowl in nearly 24 years. The function is accompanied by a collection of shiny photographs of Evangelista, who has hardly ever been seen in public throughout 5 years spent in “hiding” in New York.

“Am I cured mentally? Completely not,” she is quoted as saying, later including: “I am attempting to like myself as I’m.”

‘I used to be dropping my thoughts’

Linda Evangelista fronts the duvet of Vogue Credit score: Steven Meisel/Vogue

In a wide-ranging interview, Evangelista mentioned numerous makes an attempt she has made to reverse the harm, together with present process two liposuction remedies and sporting compression clothes. “I’ve had my whole physique tightly girdled for eight weeks — nothing helped,” she mentioned.

The mannequin additionally revealed that she was so depressed and “embarrassed” that she stopped consuming fully.

“I’d simply spent all this cash and the one method I might consider to repair it was zero energy, and so I simply drank water. Or generally I’d have a stick of celery or one apple,” she mentioned, including: “I used to be dropping my thoughts.”

A mainstay of Nineteen Eighties and 90s vogue alongside fellow supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, Evangelista mentioned she had been persuaded to bear body-contouring by ads.

“These CoolSculpting commercials have been on on a regular basis, on CNN, on MSNBC, again and again, and they’d ask, ‘Do you want what you see within the mirror?’ They have been talking to me. It was about cussed fats in areas that would not budge. It mentioned no downtime, no surgical procedure and… I drank the magic potion, and I’d as a result of I am a little bit useless. So I went for it — and it backfired.”

Zeltiq Aesthetics’ mother or father firm, Allergan Aesthetics, didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark on the time of the settlement. However a Zeltiq consultant advised Vogue in an announcement that the corporate is “happy to have resolved this matter with Ms. Evangelista,” including: “Our focus continues to be on empowering confidence by offering protected, dependable aesthetics services backed by science. CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy for seen fats bulges in 9 areas of the physique.”

"You're not going to see me in a swimsuit, that's for sure" said Evangelista.

“You are not going to see me in a swimsuit, that is for positive” mentioned Evangelista. Credit score: Steven Meisel/Vogue

Gradual return to the highlight

After years with out modeling work, Evangelista took half in a high-profile marketing campaign with Italian label Fendi in July. However the mannequin admitted that it will likely be “tough to search out jobs with issues protruding from me; with out retouching, or squeezing into issues, or taping issues or compressing or tricking.”

“You are not going to see me in a swimsuit, that is for positive,” she mentioned. For the newly revealed Vogue photographs, during which Evangelista seems largely coated, celeb make-up artist Pat McGrath “gently drew her face, jaw and neck again with tape and elastics,” the journal wrote. British Vogue’s editor in chief, Edward Enninful, welcomed Evangalista’s return to the highlight.

“There was a degree in vogue when it did not matter how profitable you’d been, you bought popped within the (trash can) as soon as your sell-by date was up,” he wrote in his editor’s be aware, including that her technology of supermodels remains to be “cherished” by the journal’s readers. “I do not stand for that and plenty of others do not both now. So, for a lot of causes, I’ve felt Linda’s absence keenly.”

Elsewhere within the interview, the mannequin mentioned touring to Japan within the early Nineteen Eighties, aged 16, the place an company pressured her to take away her garments.

“They needed me bare and it wasn’t a ‘Would you do nudes?’ dialog, it was a ‘You’ll do nudes,'” she recalled. “I left and referred to as my mom and she or he mentioned, ‘Get out now and get to the embassy.’ So that is what I did, they usually received me residence.”