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Supermodel Linda Evangelista said that she’s used unhealthy methods in the past to maintain her slim physique.
The 58-year-old Canadian-born star made the revelations on an episode of the podcast “Ruthie’s Table 4,” saying she used “cleanses” and other extreme methods to lose weight while she was working in the fashion industry.
“I started doing cleanses all the time, and I loved doing these cleanses, but I think they were very harmful to me,” Evangelista said during the interview. She recalled doing the popular “Master Cleanse,” a liquid juice fast made popular by Beyonce in 2006.
“I did the Master Cleanse quite a few times, but I would do medicinal cleanses, where it’s like a powder drink, like the rice base … there’s different brands that do them,” the model continued.
“You just do liquids, mostly water with lemon and mints and teas, and you get a glass of juice a day, and you get a diluted watered-down vegetable once a day called a ‘soup,’” Evangelista said of the methods she used while attending different medical spas. “But it’s basically a starvation diet.”
“It’s been quite the journey. I will never do the deprivation – I won’t do that again,” she added.
While Evangelista isn’t interested in long-term deprivation diets, she did admit to still enjoying a “nice” 24-hour fast of just celery juice occasionally. “I do still enjoy doing something like that. I find it refreshing, and you kick-start your head and your mind into a new place of like, ‘OK, I’m going to get on this healthy track.'”
The model made headlines in 2022 after going public about being “permanently deformed” following a botched plastic surgery procedure, as The Daily Wire previously reported. Evangelista had undergone the fat-reducing procedure CoolSculpting in 2015 but had an adverse reaction which caused her to retain fat tissue rather than lose it.
Evangelista said she “stopped eating” to try to counteract the fat growth but it wasn’t enough to stop large bulges from forming on her body. Her appearance changed so much that she didn’t want to leave the house.
“I loved being up on the catwalk. Now I dread running into someone I know,” the former model told People at the time. “I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer. I’m willing to finally speak.”
The model filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages. The case was settled in July 2022 for an undisclosed amount.