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Linda Evangelista has admitted she was 'so depressed' that she 'hated herself' following her CoolSculpting procedure that left her feeling 'deformed'.
The model, 57, has graced the cover of the September issue of British Vogue where she admitted the faulty procedure caused her to lose her livelihood and left her with things 'protruding from me'.
The catwalk star - who posed for a new Fendi campain last monht - was keen to make clear that make-up artist Pat McGrath gently drew her face, jaw and neck back with tape and elastics for the photoshoot.
Candid: Linda Evangelista has admitted she was 'so depressed' that she 'hated herself' following her CoolSculpting procedure that left her feeling 'deformed'
She said: 'That's not my jaw and neck in real life - and I can't walk around with tape and elastics everywhere. You know what, I'm trying to love myself as I am, but for the photos.
'Look, for photos I always think we're here to create fantasies. We're creating dreams. I think it's allowed. Also, all my insecurities are taken care of in these pictures, so I got to do what I love to do.'
Linda was hesistant to call his her 'comeback' as she noted she is almost entirely covered in the photoshoot, where she is sporting a scarf around her neck.
In September last year, Linda took to her Instagram to announce that she had filed a lawsuit - since settled - in New York against Zeltiq Aesthetics for grievous injuries.
Return: The model, 57, has graced the cover of the September issue of British Vogue where she admitted the faulty procedure caused her to lose her livelihood and left her with things 'protruding from me'
She said: 'If I had known side effects may include losing your livelihood and you'll end up so depressed that you hate yourself…I wouldn't have taken that risk.'
Speaking about how she is now, Linda said: 'Am I cured mentally? Absolutely not. But I'm so grateful for the support I got from my friends and from my industry…You're not going to see me in a swimsuit, that's for sure.
'It's going to be difficult to find jobs with things protruding from me; without retouching, or squeezing into things, or taping things or compressing or tricking…'
Linda said she decided to have the CoolSculpting procedure done afer seeing frequent advertisements for it on TV.
She said: 'Those CoolSculpting commercials were on all the time, on CNN, on MSNBC, over and over, and they would ask, "Do you like what you see in the mirror?"
'They were speaking to me. It was about stubborn fat in areas that wouldn't budge. It said no downtime, no surgery and…I drank the magic potion, and I would because I'm a little vain. So I went for it - and it backfired.'
Photoshoot: The catwalk star was keen to make clear that for make-up artist Pat McGrath gently drew her face, jaw and neck back with tape and elastics for the photoshoot
One of the most famous supermodels in the world, Linda racked up over 60 magazine covers during her hugely successful career.
Looking back on her hectic schedule, she explained: 'How did I keep going? This is the truth: I was young. You could go out and eat salty fried food and drink Champagne, sleep at 3am and be up again at 5am.
'Drugs were offered to me, but I never touched them, I'm not saying I was an angel…but I was terrified of drugs.'
Linda had some negative experiences in her early years in the industry, including one incident in Japan where a modelling agency asked her to take all her clothes off.
She said: 'I went to the agency and it was all, "take your clothes off, we need your measurements", but they already had my measurements.
'They wanted me naked and it wasn't a "would you do nudes" conversation, it was a "you will do nudes".
Case: Linda (pictured in June) has settled her $50million CoolSculpting lawsuit after claiming a rare reaction to a fat-reduction procedure six years ago left her 'deformed'
'I left and called my mother and she said, 'Get out now and get to the embassy.' So that's what I did, and they got me home.'
In July, Linda settled her $50million CoolSculpting lawsuit after claiming a rare reaction to a fatreduction procedure six years ago left her 'deformed'.
The supermodel said she is 'happy' to put the case behind her and is looking forward to 'a new chapter' in her life, thanking her friends and family for their support.
In her suit, the runway icon had sought $50million in damages, alleging that she had been left 'brutally disfigured' by Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc's CoolSculpting procedure, which she claimed 'did the opposite of what it promised.
CoolSculpting - the brand name for cryolipolysis, which uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits - is also known as body contouring, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
During the procedure, a device that's set below freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which causes cell death in the tissue.
Back to work: In July, Linda returned to modelling with her first job - a Fendi fashion shoot - since she stopped working following the procedure in 2016
Zeltiq - which is a subsidiary of Allergan - markets and licenses devices used for such procedures.
In a statement to British Vogue, a representative for Zeltiq said: 'We are pleased to have resolved this matter with Ms Evangelista. Our focus continues to be on empowering confidence by providing safe, reliable aesthetics products and services backed by science.
'CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment