The renowned model, Linda Evangelista, celebrates her 58th birthday today, but her recent years have been overshadowed by a cosmetic procedure that has left her unrecognizable and devastated. Evangelista, once one of the most prominent faces representing cosmetics giant Revlon and the esteemed fashion house Versace, exhibited an early interest in modeling at the tender age of 12 when she enrolled in a local modeling school.
Rise to Fame and Career Highlights
In 1978, she participated in the "Miss Teen Niagara" beauty contest, captivating the attention of talent agents despite not winning the competition. This pivotal moment led to a pivotal breakthrough as she signed a contract with Elite Model Management, one of the world's most esteemed model agencies.
Subsequently, she relocated to New York, where her career soared to great heights throughout the 1980s. Evangelista's allure and popularity grew exponentially over the years. In 1990, People magazine recognized her as one of the "50 most beautiful people," alongside notable models Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, and Christy Turlington, who were also highly sought-after during that era.
As a Canadian model, Evangelista worked with numerous international brands for an extended period before unexpectedly withdrawing from the public eye.
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The Unveiling of a Devastating Secret
The reason behind Linda Evangelista's sudden departure from her illustrious career remained shrouded in mystery for several years.
However, in 2021, she courageously came forward, revealing that her face had been "disfigured" by a cosmetic procedure intended to reduce fat cells but instead had disastrous consequences. Cryolipolysis, known as CoolSculpting, was the treatment she underwent, aiming to decrease the size of fat cells.
Unexpectedly, the procedure resulted in an enlargement of her cells, leading to a series of distressing physical changes. The model's body began to develop unsightly "bulges," causing her profound concern and even questioning her mental well-being.
Evangelista, expressing her frustration and anguish, wrote, "'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 continued, "It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries. I have been left, as the media described, 'unrecognizable.' "