Linda Evangelista - Triumphant Runway Return In A Tiffany Gown

Once a catwalk legend, Linda Evangelista disappeared from the fashion world after she was "brutally disfigured" by an unsuccessful aesthetic procedure. But now she overcame her problems and made a triumphant runway return at New York Fashion Week.

The 57 years old ex-supermodel returned to modeling following a six-year absence due to an adverse reaction to a fat-freezing procedure that she claims disfigured her face, and diminished her self-confidence.

Linda Evangelista Was Happy About Her Runway Return

The Canadian stunner took part in the star-studded Fendi show at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. Present at New York Fashion Week, the former emblem of international modeling, Linda Evangelista seemed happier than ever.

Linda Evangelista wore a dramatic Tiffany blue taffeta gown, that hid, however, her former flawless body, marking the return of the supermodel to the runway.

She accessorized the gown with a silver-patterned Baguette bag under her right arm and matching metallic silver gloves that went all the up to her elbows.

Ahead of the event, Linda Evangelista also posed for the photo used to promote the 25th-anniversary celebration of the brand's iconic Baguette bag.

Brutally Disfigured By An Unsuccessful Aesthetic Procedure

Linda Evangelista's appearance comes after she claimed in an Instagram post in September 2021 that she had been left "permanently deformed" and "brutally disfigured" by the popular fat-freezing procedure CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved brand name for cryolipolysis, a nonsurgical procedure used to reduce fat deposits in the body. But in Evangelista's case, the procedure had quite the opposite effect.

Linda said that the unsuccessful procedure left her permanently disfigured, and emotionally damaged and ultimately forced her to retire.

"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," she wrote.

Evangelista explained that, while the procedure was meant to decrease her fat cells, it increased them, leaving her "permanently deformed."

Since then, she has undergone two unsuccessful corrective surgeries. "I have been left, as the media has described, ‘unrecognizable,’" she wrote.

Linda also claimed that what happened not only destroyed her livelihood but also sent her into a cycle of "deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing" and that she had "become a recluse".

Linda Evangelista said that after the first procedure – which freezes fat and claims up to 20 percent reduction - she noticed bulges at her chin and thighs which then turned numb and hard.

She began starving herself, hoping that way she will regain her slim figure but when she visited her doctor she was told that "no amount of dieting and no amount of exercise was ever going to fix it".

According to Hello Magazine, Linda filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting's parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics In. and asked for $50 million in damages, alleging that she had been unable to work since undergoing seven sessions from August 2015 to February 2016.

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