(Reuters) – The Supermodel Linda Evangelista has sued for $50 million over cosmetic procedures that she said left her “brutally disfigured” and turned her into a recluse.
The Canadian model, one of the hottest personalities on catwalks and magazine covers in the ’90s, said in a Instagram post who underwent lipid-lowering treatment about five years ago.
“To my fans who wondered why I didn’t work while my colleagues’ careers flourished, the reason I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure did the opposite of what I promised,” she wrote in the post. This is Wednesday.
Evangelista said she experienced a rare side effect called paradoxical lip hyperplasia (PAH) after the procedures, which causes people to develop swelling in the treated areas.
“PAH not only destroyed my livelihood, but also plunged me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness, and the deepest depths of self-loathing. And in the process, I became reclusive,” she said.
Loss of income and heartbreak
Zeltiq Aesthetics, a unit of Allergan Aesthetics and parent company AbbVie, did not return a call for comment.
Evangelista filed the lawsuit Tuesday in New York federal court against Zeltiq for negligence and misleading advertising and alleging that the company failed to warn customers about potential side effects.
The lawsuit says Evangelista underwent multiple procedures between 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on her thighs, stomach, back, flank and chin. Corrective surgery has not been successful in repairing PAHs.
She is seeking $50 million in damages for lost income and emotional distress, saying she is unable to work as a model and hasn’t earned anything as a model since 2016.