Go on. Linda Evangelista announced that she has settled the lawsuit she filed against CoolSculpting after claiming the proceedings “disfigured” her.
“I am pleased to have the CoolSculpting case settled,” the 56-year-old supermodel shared in a statement via Instagram on Tuesday, July 19.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life with friends and family,” Evangelista continued, adding that she’s “happy to put this matter behind me.”
The beauty icon concluded her statement by saying, “I’m really grateful for the support I’ve received from those who have reached out.” She did not reveal any further details on the transaction.
Evangelista’s announcement comes after she first shared her CoolSculpting story in September 2021. In a shocking post on Instagram, the Canadian native revealed that she had stayed out of the spotlight due to the cosmetic incident.
“Today I took a major step to right a wrong I suffered and kept to myself for over five years. To my followers who have wondered why I’m not working while my colleagues’ careers are thriving, it’s because I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting process, which did the opposite of what it promised,” wrote you.
Evangelista, who became famous on the side Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawfordexplained that while the procedure aimed to “decrease” her fat cells, it “increased” them instead, leaving her “permanently deformed even after two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries.”
“I became, as the media has described, ‘unrecognizable,'” she continued. In addition, she has developed a rare side effect called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia, or PAH, she said.
“PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has plunged me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and deepest self-loathing,” Evangelista wrote in her Instagram post. “In the process, I became a recluse.”
Evangelista then shared that she had filed a lawsuit.
“I am moving forward to shed my shame and go public with my story. I’m so tired of living like this. I’d love to walk out my door with my head held high even though I don’t look like myself anymore,” she added.
Evangelista was pretty much everywhere in the ’90s, starring in fashion campaigns and guest-starring in music videos. She walked the runways for some of the biggest names in fashion including Chanel, Valentino, Dior and more.
She returned to modeling for the first time last weekend, posing in a new ad campaign for Fendi. On July 16, Evangelista shared a beautiful photo of herself with several baguette bags from the Italian fashion house in honor of the label, which is celebrating the accessory’s 25th anniversary.
“I’m so grateful,” she wrote alongside the picture, which she shared via Instagram.