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Paulina Porizkova hits back at critics who ‘shamed’ Linda Evangelista for ‘vanity’

Paulina Porizkova has taken issue with Linda Evangelista being ‘shamed for vanity’ after the supermodel claimed she was left ‘brutally disfigured’ by a fat-freezing procedure.  

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit alum, 54, shared a makeup-free selfie on Instagram Friday while continuing to show her support for Evangelista, 56, whom she praised for her ‘courage’ in a previous post.  

In the caption, Porizkova opened up about the double standard women and models face, saying society teaches girls to becomes consumed with their looks at an early age. 

Candid: Paulina Porizkova, 54, shared a makeup-free selfie on Instagram Friday while continuing to show her support for Linda Evangelista, 56, whom she praised for her ‘courage’

Suing: Evangelista (pictured in 2017) filed a $50 million lawsuit against Zeltiq over its CoolSculpting procedure. She claimed she was left 'permanently deformed' after getting the non-surgical treatments in 2015 and 2016

Suing: Evangelista (pictured in 2017) filed a $50 million lawsuit against Zeltiq over its CoolSculpting procedure. She claimed she was left ‘permanently deformed’ after getting the non-surgical treatments in 2015 and 2016

Start of it all: The supermodel (pictured at in May 2015) underwent multiple procedures to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks, and chin

Start of it all: The supermodel (pictured at in May 2015) underwent multiple procedures to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks, and chin

‘A model gets disfigured trying to look the way you want and expect her to look. An athlete gets injured trying to be as strong and limber as you want and expect him to be,’ she wrote. ‘One gets shamed for vanity, the other applauded for their sacrifice.

‘As long as us women are told, from the time they are little girls, that their looks are the most valuable part of them, how do you expect them NOT to care?’ she asked.

Porizkova ended the post with the hashtags #betweenjloandbettywhite, #awomansworth, #patriachy, and #shameloss. 

Actress Sharon Stone responded with clapping emojis in the comments, writing: ‘Not to mention the tough athleticism of modeling.’  

‘Very true,’ Carla Gugino agreed, while Porizkova’s former America’s Next Top Model co-star J. Alexander added: ‘Damn @paulinaporizkov says it and does it again.’ 

Think about it: Porizkova opened up about the double standard women and models face in her Instagram post, saying society teaches girls to becomes consumed with their looks

Think about it: Porizkova opened up about the double standard women and models face in her Instagram post, saying society teaches girls to becomes consumed with their looks

Kind words: Porizkova (pictured with Evangelista, Kyle MacLachlan, and Ric Ocasek) has shown her fellow model a great deal of support on social media

Kind words: Porizkova (pictured with Evangelista, Kyle MacLachlan, and Ric Ocasek) has shown her fellow model a great deal of support on social media 

Evangelista filed a $50 million lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics on Tuesday over the brand’s CoolSculpting procedures that she claimed left her ‘permanently deformed’ and turned her into a ‘recluse’   

‘Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years,’ she wrote in a social media statement the next day. 

‘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.’

Porizkova, who is often candid about her own struggles on social media, praised Evangelista for her courage as she tentatively stepped back into the spotlight. 

‘I’m so sorry for what you’ve had to endure,’ she commented on the post. ‘Coming out of the shadow is so strong and courageous. I applaud you and welcome back in the light where you belong!’

Looking back: On Thursday, Porizkova shared a photo of a magazine spread that they starred in together, calling Evangelista the 'greatest model of all time'

Looking back: On Thursday, Porizkova shared a photo of a magazine spread that they starred in together, calling Evangelista the ‘greatest model of all time’

Reaching out: Porizkova wrote in the caption that she wanted to 'applaud' and 'celebrate' her for sharing her story with the world

Reaching out: Porizkova wrote in the caption that she wanted to ‘applaud’ and ‘celebrate’ her for sharing her story with the world 

Porizkova also paid tribute to Evangelista on her own Instagram page, sharing a photo of a magazine spread that they starred in together, calling her the ‘greatest model of all time.’ 

‘She has bravely come out with her story today, and I want to applaud her and hug her and celebrate her,’ the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit alum wrote in the caption. 

‘There was a reason she retired from the spotlight, and for a woman known for her brilliance as a physical chameleon and embodiment of elegance, it was a harsh one. I will not tell you her story, that is for her to do, but I do want to celebrate her courage in voicing it.’

CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, a procedure that cools fat to a temperature so frozen, dead fat cells can be excreted out of the body through the liver. 

Evangelista alleged that she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) — a rare side effect of cryolipolysis in which the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller.  

Changing look: Evangelista (pictured in a social media snapshot in 2019) claimed in her social media statement that she was 'permanently deformed' and 'brutally disfigured'

Changing look: Evangelista (pictured in a social media snapshot in 2019) claimed in her social media statement that she was ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured’

Changing look: Evangelista's face is largely obscured beneath hats and her body entirely off-camera in the snapshots she shared two years ago

Changing look: Evangelista's face is largely obscured beneath hats and her body entirely off-camera in the snapshots she shared two years ago

Changing look: Evangelista’s face is largely obscured beneath hats and her body entirely off-camera in the snapshots she shared two years ago 

Nightmare: Evangelista said she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect that causes the treated area to become larger, rather than smaller

Nightmare: Evangelista said she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect that causes the treated area to become larger, rather than smaller 

‘It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries,’ Evangelista explained in her post. ‘I have been left, as the media described, “unrecognizable.”’

PAH — a previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis — can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin. 

It has been reported in of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. 

Evangelista’s lawsuit stated she underwent multiple procedures between 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks, and chin, according to CNN. Corrective surgery failed to fix the PAH. 

The outlet reported that she is suing Zeltiq for negligence, misleading advertising, and alleging that the company failed to warn customers of the possible side effects.

Hard to handle: Evangelista (pictured in 1994) said she hasn't been able to work as a model since 2016

Hard to handle: Evangelista (pictured in 1994) said she hasn’t been able to work as a model since 2016

Lost work: In 2017, the model turned down a chance to reunite with supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen  (left to right) at the Versace's show in Milan

Lost work: In 2017, the model turned down a chance to reunite with supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen  (left to right) at the Versace’s show in Milan

Heartbreaking: Evangelista (pictured in 2017) wrote in her social media statement that she underwent 'two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries'

Heartbreaking: Evangelista (pictured in 2017) wrote in her social media statement that she underwent ‘two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries’

Evangelista is seeking $50 million in damages for lost income and emotional distress, saying she hasn’t been able to work as a model since 2016.    

In 2017, the star turned down the chance to famously reunite with her fellow ‘glamazons’ — including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni, and Claudia Schiffer — on the runway at the Versace show in Milan.

The court documents said she declined to be part of the reunion catwalk show ‘due to the physical injuries and disfigurement that she suffered as a result of using Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting.’

‘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,’ Evangelista wrote in her social media statement. 

‘With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story. I’m so tired of living this way. I would like to walk out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any longer.’

 

Support system: Dozens of famous models, actors, and designers flocked to the comments of Evangelista's post to praise her for opening up about her struggle

Support system: Dozens of famous models, actors, and designers flocked to the comments of Evangelista’s post to praise her for opening up about her struggle

Dozens of famous models, actors, and designers flocked to the comments to praise Evangelista for opening up about her struggle, including members of her ’90s modeling cohort that the New York Times dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ 

‘I can honestly say that I broke down in tears reading this,’ Christensen, 52, wrote.

‘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 are brutally honest and real.’ 

Campbell, 51, also penned a poignant response, writing: ‘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.’ 

‘Linda — your strength and true essence are forever recognizable and iconic! Bravo!’ Crawford, 55, shared, while Turlington, 52, simply commented: ‘You are loved.’ 

Gwyneth Paltrow, January Jones, Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Olivier Theyskens, and Debi Mazar also reached out to the icon with words of love. 


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