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cute evangelist has landed another modeling job after being “brutally disfigured” by a CoolSculpting procedure.
Evangelista, 57, graced the cover of British Vogue for the September issue. She also shared her experience with CoolSculpting with the magazine.
“I couldn’t live with that pain anymore,” Evangelista told Vogue of coming out of hiding after five years. “I knew I had to make a change, and the only change was to tell my truth.”
Evangelista admitted that if she had known what she now knows about the “risk” of the CoolSculpting treatment, she would not have done it.
“If I had known, the side effects can include losing your livelihood and you’ll end up so depressed that you hate yourself…” Evangelista said. “I wouldn’t have taken that risk.”
In September, Evangelista filed suit, suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., for $50 million in damages. CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved “fat freezing” procedure, has become popular as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. However, Evangelista alleged that he has been unable to work since undergoing seven sessions at a dermatologist’s office between August 2015 and February 2016.
Earlier this year, Evangelista revealed that diagnosed with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect that affects less than 1% of CoolSculpting patients, in which the freezing process causes the affected fatty tissue to thicken and expand. Evangelista told People magazine that within three months of treatment, she noticed lumps on her chin, thighs and bra area that grew and hardened.
Since then, he has settled the lawsuit.
The Canadian model, who was one of the most photographed models in the ’90s, said the company’s commercials drew her to CoolSculpting.
“Those CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, asking, ‘Do you like what you see in the mirror?’ They were talking to me. It was stubborn fat in areas that wouldn’t budge. He said no downtime, no surgery and… I drank the magic potion, and I would because I’m a little vain,” she admits. “So I went for it, and it failed.”
Evangelista revealed that she has tried many things to get her body back to the way it was before.
“I have incisions all over my body,” he explained. “I had stitches, I wore compression garments under my chin, I had my whole body tight for eight weeks, nothing helped.”
The whole experience affected her both mentally and physically. The model revealed that her 15-year-old son, Augustin James Evangelista, noticed her.
“The thing that really stabbed me in the heart was when he said, ‘Remember when you used to be so funny? Remember when you used to laugh all the time?’ It was such an innocent comment,” she said of his son. “That was a lot to handle.”
These days, said Evangelista she now hopes to get her life back.
“I hope I can get rid of some of the embarrassment and help other people who are in the same situation as me,” he previously said. “That’s my goal.”
Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.