Former fashion model Evangelista sues for 50 million after botched procedure

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista is
seeking 50 million dollars in damages from the company behind a fat-reducing
procedure that she says left her deformed and unemployable
when she suffered a
rare side effect.

Evangelista, 56, said in a message on Instagram this week that she
underwent “CoolSculpting” five years ago and that it had caused her fat cells
to increase rather than decrease, leaving her looking horribly bloated.

Evangelista, a 1990s modeling icon from Canada who dominated the catwalks
with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, said in the post
Wednesday that Zeltiq, the company that devised and markets the procedure,
never warned her about this possible side effect.

She said her current appearance — the result of a condition called
paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) — explained her absence from the public
spotlight in recent years.

“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,” Evangelista wrote.

“It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed
even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries. I have
been left, as the media has described, ‘unrecognizable,'” she added.

Evangelista filed suit in federal court in New York this week.

In the complaint, Evangelista’s attorneys seek compensation for her “severe
and permanent personal injuries and disfigurement, her pain and suffering,
severe emotional distress and mental anguish, and the economic losses that she
sustained as a result of being rendered unemployable and unable to earn an
income as a model.”

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Lawyers allege that Zeltiq knew of the risk of the fat-increasing side
effect but failed to warn consumers and/or withheld material information from

Evangelista has received no modeling revenue since 2016, except money from
work predating that year, and has been forced to cancel public engagements, it

Evangelista said the procedure — and failed attempts to correct it — had
turned her into a depressed recluse.

“I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my
story,” Evangelista wrote.

“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.”(AFP)


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