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Linda Evangelista Makes Modeling Comeback After Her Cosmetic Procedure Nightmare

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Linda Evangelista is modeling again for the first time since a cosmetic procedure left her “permanently deformed.”

She posted a photo of herself over the weekend in the latest Fendi campaign, which is the first campaign she has done since developing Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH).

In the caption, she expressed how “grateful” she was and credited those who made it possible.

Check out the photo below:

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In September 2021, Evangelista opened up on her Instagram about the procedure that changed her life.

“Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five 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,” she wrote.

She continued, “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 described, ‘unrecognizable’.”

Evangelista also said that she developed PAH, which was a risk she was not made aware of before she had the procedures.

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia is a rare side effect of CoolSculpting which causes “overgrowth of fatty tissue,” according to Kalos Medical Spa.

“PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing,” she explained. “In the process, I have become a recluse. With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story. 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.”

Since announcing her medical condition, Evangelista has returned to modeling.

Evangelista’s successful modeling career began in the 1980s. She was the new face of Versace in 1989, became the face of Revlon in 1990, and was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1990, according to Britannica.

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