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Supermodel Linda Evangelista has detailed her intent to take a company to court after claiming that she was left "brutally disfigured" by a cosmetic procedure.
The 56 year old hit the big time in the nineties and was known as one of the "original supermodels" alongside the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.
However, while her fellow peers continue to work in the entertainment business to this very day, Linda has been largely absent from the spotlight, and she is now revealing why.
The Canadian has blasted the popular fat-reduction procedure called CoolSculpting, alleging that it did the "opposite" of what it had promised and claimed that it left her with physical and mental side effects.
In a candid post shared to her Instagram on Wednesday, Linda wrote: "Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept myself for over five years," Linda started her post to her 900,000 followers.
"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.
The mother-of-one claimed: "It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries. I have been left, as the media has described, 'unrecognisable.'"
"I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk of which I was not made aware of before I had the procedures."
"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 wrote.
Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) is the overgrowth of fatty adipose tissue.
Linda claimed: "With the lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story."
"I would like to walk out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any longer," she concluded.
OK! has contacted Allergan, the global pharmaceutical company that owns ZELTIQ's CoolSculpting technology, for comment.
Linda was met with a wave of support from her celebrity friends, including January Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen
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