Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, and Christy Turlington are among the supermodels who expressed support for Linda Evangelista who claimed she was “brutally disfigured” following a cosmetic procedure.
Other celebrities also praised Evangelista for her courage to reveal her real condition.
On Instagram, Campbell, 51, wrote: “Elos I applaud you for your courage and strength to share your experience and not be held hostage by it anymore. You know I love you. We love you, and here for you, always right by your side. I can’t imagine the pain you have gone through mentally these past 5 years. You’re free of it now.
“Remember who you are, and What you have achieved and your influence and all the lives of people you have touched. And still doing so to this very day by sharing your story. Proud of you, and support you every step of the way,” Campbell added.
Christensen said: “It would’ve taken immense courage and strength to write these words. I can honestly say that I broke down in tears reading this. Not only because I knew in my heart you somehow had been quietly going through something deeply personal and disturbing but also because I thought of all the scars’ life leaves on us all, whether physical or emotional and how long we suffer mostly in silence and alone. It is so important and beautiful when someone steps out of the shadow and is brutally honest and real. Thank you for being beautiful inside and out.”
“Linda — your strength and true essence are forever recognizable and iconic! Bravo!’ said Crawford, 55.
“You are loved,” commented Turlington.
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova wrote: ‘I’m so sorry for what you’ve had to endure. Coming out of the shadow is so strong and courageous. I applaud you and welcome back in the light where you belong!'”
Carolyn Murphy said: “You are the greatest icon, forever beautiful from the inside out. We are all here to support you and love you.”
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “Thank you for your courage and strength. I love you dear Linda.”
Gigi Hadid commented: “Your life’s work continues to inspire generations of models & contribute to the fashion world, regardless of if you are on the runways or in the campaigns in 2021. A living icon with courage that will now inspire and protect many, and beauty that cannot be taken away. Thank you. Sending you strength, love, and light!”
Actors Gywneth Paltrow, and Luke Evans, makeup artist Bobbi Brown, and models Carolyn Murphy and Natalia Vodianova, also applauded Evangelista for coming forward with her story.
Evangelista, 56, said that she is suing Zeltiq Aesthetics when she availed of its CoolSculpting procedure in 2016.
Later the Canadian supermodel developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a rare side effect of cryolipolysis in which the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller, according to a report by The Daily Mail.
On Wednesday, Evangelista wrote on Instagram: “Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years.
“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.
“During a cryolipolysis procedure such as CoolSculpting, a device that is usually set to a below-freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which is supposed to cause cell death in the fat tissue.
“It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries,” Evangelista said.