Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has filed a lawsuit against a cosmetic surgery company because she says they left her “brutally disfigured.”
“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 posted on social media.
The model claimed that she suffered a rare side effect called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) after the procedures.
“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. In the process, I have become a recluse,” she said.
Evangelista says she had multiple procedures between 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks and chin.
She is seeking $50 million in damages for lost income and emotional distress and says she is now unemployable as a model.