Supermodel Linda Evangelista is back on the catwalk for the first time in over a decade.
The 57-year-old wrapped up this year’s Fendi show on Friday (September 9) during New York Fashion Week.
The show marked 25th Anniversary of the Italian fashion house’s iconic baguette bag. To mark that, the designer has announced a collaboration with Marc His Jacobs and Tiffany & Co.
Evangelista swept the floor as she walked down the runway in a dramatic Tiffany Blue cape gown.
The model has stayed out of the spotlight for more than five years after claiming she was left “permanently deformed” by a common fat-freezing method called CoolSculpting.
Evangelista’s triumphant rise to the limelight has been applauded by social media users.
One person described the moment as “legendary.” “Linda Evangelista deserves all the love and admiration she’s been receiving from the industry lately…a true icon.”
“The one and only, most loved high-fashion supermodel queen, Linda Evangelista!!!” wrote a third user.
Another said, “I got goosebumps when Linda Evangelista showed up at the Fendi show.”
Evangelista had previously filed a lawsuit against Zeltiq, which markets an FDA-approved fat freezing treatment, in September 2021.
In July, she announced that she had settled a $50 million (£40 million) lawsuit.
“I am happy that we have reached a settlement regarding the CoolSculpting matter. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life with my friends and family and I am happy to put this issue behind me,” Evangelista wrote. .
After receiving treatment, Evangelista was diagnosed with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect that affects less than 1% of coolsculpting patients.
This is when adipose tissue grows and forms a firm, bloated mass under the skin.
Evangelista claimed she was not informed of her risk of developing PAH prior to receiving treatment.
“Not only has PAH destroyed my livelihood, it has plunged me into a deep depression, deep sadness, and self-loathing. In the process, I became withdrawn,” she wrote in September. .