Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has filed a $50 million lawsuit over cosmetic procedures that she says left her “brutally disfigured” and turned her right into a recluse.
“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 within the posting on Wednesday.
She mentioned she suffered a uncommon aspect impact referred to as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) after the procedures, which causes individuals to develop a swelling within the areas that had been handled.
“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 mentioned.
Model Linda Evangelista pictured on the launch of Ralph Lauren’s Spring 1996 assortment at New York Fashion Week. Credit: JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images
Zeltiq Aesthetics, a unit of Allergan Aesthetics and mum or dad firm AbbVie, didn’t return a name for remark.
Evangelista filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in New York federal court docket towards Zeltiq for negligence, deceptive promoting and alleging that the corporate did not warn prospects of the potential uncomfortable side effects.
The lawsuit says Evangelista underwent a number of procedures between 2015 and 2016 to cut back fats on her thighs, stomach, again, flanks and chin. Corrective surgical procedure had not labored to repair the PAH.
She is searching for $50 million in damages for misplaced earnings and emotional misery, saying she was now unemployable as a mannequin and has not earned something from modeling since 2016.