Former model Linda Evangelista is suing for $50 million over cosmetic procedures she said left her “brutally disfigured” and turned her into a recluse.
The Canadian model, one of the biggest personalities on the catwalks and magazine covers of the 1990s, said in an Instagram post that she underwent a lipid-lowering treatment about five years ago.
“To my followers who are wondering why I didn’t work while my colleagues’ careers were booming, it’s because I was brutally disfigured by the procedure, which did the opposite of what I promised,” he wrote in a Wednesday post. (23).
She said she experienced a rare side effect called paradoxical lip hyperplasia (PAH) after the procedures, which causes people to develop swelling in the areas that were treated.
“Pah has not only destroyed my livelihood, but has taken me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and into the depths of self-loathing. During that, I became reclusive.”
Zeltiq Aesthetics, a unit of Allergan Aesthetics and parent company AbbVie, which is responsible for the procedure performed on the form, did not respond to a call for comment.
Evangelista filed suit Tuesday (22) in federal court in New York against Zeltiq for negligence, misleading advertising, and allegation that the company failed to warn customers about potential side effects.
The lawsuit says Evangelista underwent several procedures between 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on the thighs, abdomen, back, flanks and chin. Corrective surgery was not successful in correcting PAHs.
She is seeking $50 million in compensation for lost income and emotional distress, saying she is now unemployed as a model and hasn’t earned anything as a model since 2016.
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