Linda Evangelista was pictured on a rare outing after a botched plastic surgery left her face ‘brutally disfigured’ – days after her ex-husband was accused of ‘raping more than a dozen models as young as 14.’

Evangelista, 57, has only been seen a few times since undergoing a fat-freezing procedure back in 2016 – which she said made her ‘permanently deformed.’

However, after spending years in ‘hiding,’ the former supermodel – who announced in February that she was done living in ‘shame’ – was spotted keeping it casual as she stepped out in New York City on Wednesday.

The Canadian fashionista donned black sweatpants and a button down jean jacket for the outing. She went makeup free and kept her hair pulled back in a bun, pairing the look with wide-rimmed glasses and Birkenstock sandals.

Linda Evangelista was pictured on a rare outing after a botched plastic surgery left her face ‘brutally disfigured’

Evangelista, 57, has only been seen a few times since undergoing a fat-freezing procedure back in 2016 - which she said left her 'permanently deformed'

Evangelista, 57, has only been seen a few times since undergoing a fat-freezing procedure back in 2016 - which she said left her 'permanently deformed'

Evangelista, 57, has only been seen a few times since undergoing a fat-freezing procedure back in 2016 – which she said left her ‘permanently deformed’

However, after spending years in 'hiding,' the former supermodel - who announced in February that she was done living in 'shame' - was spotted keeping it casual as she stepped out in New York City on Wednesday

However, after spending years in ‘hiding,’ the former supermodel – who announced in February that she was done living in ‘shame’ – was spotted keeping it casual as she stepped out in New York City on Wednesday

The Canadian fashionista donned black sweatpants and a button down jean jacket for the outing

The Canadian fashionista (seen in 1990) donned black sweatpants and a button down jean jacket for the outing

The Canadian fashionista (seen left now and right in 1990) donned black sweatpants and a button down jean jacket for the outing

Evangelista was photographed hailing down an Uber before getting into the car. Later on in the day, she switched into a long, flowing, gray dress, and was seen clutching onto a bouquet of flowers as she made her way into a nearby building.

She went makeup free and kept her hair pulled back in a bun

She went makeup free and kept her hair pulled back in a bun

The spotting comes just days after it was reported that her ex-husband, French agent Gerald Marie, 72, ran a sordid sex ring from within his multinational modeling agency – where he allegedly raped 13 models as young as 14 because he thought virgins were ‘unphotogenic’ and prescribed victims cocaine to keep them thin. 

Marie allegedly engaged in the misconduct while serving as European chief of Elite Model Management in the ’80s and ’90s – a tenure that saw him become one of the most powerful men in the industry. 

53-year-old American model Carré Sutton claimed in an ongoing lawsuit that she was repeatedly raped after being recruited by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16. 

She also alleged that Marie – who was married to Evangelista from 1987 to 1993 –  ‘trafficked’ her and other women ‘to other wealthy men around Europe, where he was reportedly known as the ‘Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry.’

The alleged abuse is set to be detailed in an upcoming documentary series, entitled Scouting For Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret, airing on Sky on Friday. He has denied all allegations made against him. 

Back in September, Evangelista revealed in a shocking Instagram post that she decided to retreat from the public eye after she developed a rare reaction to a cosmetic procedure in 2016. 

The cryolipolysis procedure, called CoolSculpting, was designed to decrease fat cells, but instead, it made her cells become enlarged. She said she soon began developing ‘bulges’ all over her body, which made her worry that she was losing her mind.

‘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 at the time. 

‘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.”‘ 

She paired the look with wide-rimmed glasses and Birkenstock sandals

She paired the look with wide-rimmed glasses and Birkenstock sandals

She paired the look with wide-rimmed glasses and Birkenstock sandals

Evangelista was photographed hailing down an Uber before getting into the car

Evangelista was photographed hailing down an Uber before getting into the car

Back in February, Evangelista revealed in a shocking interview with People magazine that she decided to retreat from the public eye after she developed a rare reaction to a cosmetic procedure in 2016

Back in February, Evangelista (seen on the catwalk in 1989) revealed in a shocking interview with People magazine that she decided to retreat from the public eye after she developed a rare reaction to a cosmetic procedure in 2016

Back in February, Evangelista (seen right on the catwalk in 1989) revealed in a shocking interview with People magazine that she decided to retreat from the public eye after she developed a rare reaction to a cosmetic procedure in 2016

Later on in the day, she switched into a long, flowing, gray dress, and was seen clutching onto a bouquet of flowers as she made her way into a nearby building

Later on in the day, she switched into a long, flowing, gray dress, and was seen clutching onto a bouquet of flowers as she made her way into a nearby building

The cryolipolysis procedure, called CoolSculpting, was designed to decrease fat cells, but instead, it made her cells become enlarged. She said she soon began developing 'bulges' all over her body, which made her worry that she was losing her mind

The cryolipolysis procedure, called CoolSculpting, was designed to decrease fat cells, but instead, it made her cells become enlarged. She said she soon began developing 'bulges' all over her body, which made her worry that she was losing her mind

The cryolipolysis procedure, called CoolSculpting, was designed to decrease fat cells, but instead, it made her cells become enlarged. She said she soon began developing ‘bulges’ all over her body, which made her worry that she was losing her mind

Speaking to People magazine in an interview months later, the former runway star detailed how she thought she was going crazy and ‘stopped eating’ when the growths started to appear on her chin, thighs, and bust area – and how she now ‘dreads running into someone she knows’ after spending decades as a catwalk sensation. 

At the time, she said she was 'done hiding' and posed for her first photoshoot since undergoing the procedure

At the time, she said she was ‘done hiding’ and posed for her first photoshoot since undergoing the procedure

However, at the time, she said she was ‘done hiding’ and posed for her first photoshoot since undergoing the procedure. Days later, she was photographed out and about for the first time without a face mask.

‘I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer. I’m willing to finally speak,’ she told the outlet.

During the procedure, a device that’s set below freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which causes cell death in the tissue. 

But Evangelista soon developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. 

With this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin. 

Evangelista detailed how within three months of her treatments she noticed the bulges forming on her body, with the targeted areas growing rather than shrinking – before hardening and becoming numb.

She told People that she had filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time that she has been unable to work since the procedures. 

'I can't live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn't live in this pain any longer. I'm willing to finally speak,' she told the outlet at the time

‘I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer. I’m willing to finally speak,’ she told the outlet at the time

But Evangelista had developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia - a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide

But Evangelista had developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia - a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide

But Evangelista had developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide

The model told the outlet that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror as 'it doesn't look like her,' explaining that her identity as 'Linda Evangelista, supermodel' is now 'gone' due to the condition

The model told the outlet that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror as ‘it doesn’t look like her,’ explaining that her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ is now ‘gone’ due to the condition

She filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting's parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time that she has been unable to work since the procedures

She filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting's parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time that she has been unable to work since the procedures

She filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time that she has been unable to work since the procedures

The star alleged that CoolSculpting offered to pay for liposuction for her to correct the damage caused by PAH after her doctor contacted them. However, she said that on the eve of her liposuction, Zeltiq said they would only pay for the procedure if she signed a confidentiality agreement – which she refused. 

In June 2016, Evangelista underwent a full body liposuction procedure, which she claims she paid for. She then underwent liposuction again in July 2017.

Evangelista said she had to wear girdles, a chin strap, and compression garments for eight weeks after the liposuction to prevent the PAH coming back – but said the condition did return after her second liposuction.

The spotting comes days after it was reported that her ex, Gerald Marie, 72, ran a sex ring while working at Elite Model Management in the '80s and '90s - where he allegedly raped 13 models as young as 14. He and Evangelista are seen in 1991

The spotting comes days after it was reported that her ex, Gerald Marie, 72, ran a sex ring while working at Elite Model Management in the ’80s and ’90s – where he allegedly raped 13 models as young as 14. He and Evangelista are seen in 1991

53-year-old American model Carré Sutton (pictured) claimed in an ongoing lawsuit that she was repeatedly raped after being recruited by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16

53-year-old American model Carré Sutton (pictured) claimed in an ongoing lawsuit that she was repeatedly raped after being recruited by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16 

She also alleged that Marie (seen in 2020) - who was married to Evangelista from 1987 to 1993 - 'trafficked' her and other women 'to wealthy men around Europe, where he was reportedly known as the 'Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry'

She also alleged that Marie (seen in 2020) – who was married to Evangelista from 1987 to 1993 – ‘trafficked’ her and other women ‘to wealthy men around Europe, where he was reportedly known as the ‘Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry’ 

The model told the outlet that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror as ‘it doesn’t look like her,’ explaining that her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ is now ‘gone’ due to the condition.

She added: ‘If I walk without a girdle in a dress, I will have chafing to the point of almost bleeding. 

‘Because it’s not like soft fat rubbing, it’s like hard fat rubbing. [I can’t] put my arms flat along my side. I don’t think designers are going to want to dress me with that sticking out of my body.’

A CoolSculpting representative told People at the time: ‘The procedure has been well studied with more than 100 scientific publications and more than 11 million treatments performed worldwide.’ 

They added that rare side effects such as PAH ‘continue to be well-documented in the CoolSculpting information for patients and health care providers.’

WHAT IS PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA (PAH)?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a rare, previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis. 

Cryolipolysis uses cooling to damage and destroy subcutaneous fat cells, without damaging the skin to reduce the amount of fat in the treated area.

This phenomenon of PAH has a reported rate of incidence of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. Many physicians see numerous cases in their offices.

PAH causes a gradual enlargement of the treated area. It occurs when the stimulus (the freezing of fat cells) activates a reactionary process in the fatty tissue that thickens and expands the fat cells rather than breaking them down and allowing the body to process and remove them.

PAH is only known to occur following a cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment. 

PAH typically cannot be confirmed until about 6 months post-procedure, with patients complaining that they are getting bigger in the exact shape of the applicator, as depicted below.

 SOURCE: WIFH.COM





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