From the outside, the life of the models who sway on the catwalk or appear in front of the camera for the advertisements of famous companies seems so perfect. But it’s true, isn’t it? Is everything as perfect as it looks in those glittering shows? Or is that appearance real?
Of course, what appears to be a highly embellished part of reality. But the lives of models, especially those who earn thousands and sometimes millions of dollars with every step they take, are not as easy as they think. Especially when they are just starting their careers.
You may have already come across the confessions made by some models on this subject somewhere. The most telling thing is the pressure of thinness that models feel on them. Many models have told us that sometimes they go almost hungry until they go to fashion shows.
But there is a darker side to this coin… Usually top models do not reveal this very much.
When they retire, they talk about the dark moments they experienced at the very beginning of their careers. But not all! No steps have been taken on this issue yet, similar to the #metoo movement in Hollywood.
However, one of the few confessions made on this subject came from the famous model who left her mark on a period of the fashion world.
The model, who is 58 years old today, told about a terrible incident she experienced when she was just 16 years old, that is, when she had just stepped into the fashion world.
Evangelista made statements that were perhaps more sincere than he had ever made before. She described both being forced to pose nude when she was 16 and her husband’s harassment.
The person who made this striking confession about her career history is Linda Evangelista, who has been on the agenda with her recent health problems…
Evangelista, who explained that she had breast cancer a few weeks ago and came close to death, this time revealed her experiences in the first period of her career in a documentary in which she was a guest.
Evangelista, who was a guest in the documentary called The Supermodels with her colleagues who became famous at the same time, such as Cindy Crawford, Naimo Campbell and Christy Turlington, explained that she was pressured to pose nude when she was only 16 years old.
She said that while she was in Japan, she went to make a deal with a modeling agency and was given such a request there. She added that this request literally drove her crazy.
The famous model was very surprised that her parents, who did not even send her on school trips, sent her to Japan.
Linda Evangelista said the following about this: “This is an ironic situation. My parents allowed me to go to Japan to get a modeling contract when I was 16. They wouldn’t even let me go on a ski trip with my school friends. But they didn’t mind me going to Japan. ”
Evangelista continued: “When I came to Japan, the first thing they asked me was my naked photos and they wanted to take all my measurements and take off my clothes. They made a composite copy of me and it had my measurements on it. I didn’t want to take my clothes off. I was a little scared. I should never have gone there alone.”
After this terrible offer, Evangelista thought about not modeling. But then he decided to continue his career.
But according to what he said, what happened to him was not limited to that. Because, as she revealed in the same documentary, her ‘influential’ husband, whom she married with love, also harassed her in the following years.
According to her, her ex-husband Gerard Marie also harassed her. Evangelista explained that she did not touch or damage her ex-husband’s face because it made money.
Linda Evangelista was married to Gerald Marie, the European director of a famous modeling agency, between 1987 and 1993.
Evangelista admitted that Marie, whose name was already involved in allegations that he harassed other models, did the same thing to her during their marriage. According to She, at one point she even thought she was “in the wrong relationship.”
Evangelista emphasized that breaking up with a spouse or lover who abuses her is more difficult than talking about it. “I know this because I lived it,” said the beautiful model. Then he said these striking words: “I want a divorce, this doesn’t happen by saying ‘see you’.”
Linda Evangelista also touched upon an interesting detail that her ex-husband, whom she described as abusive, never touched her face: “He knew that he should not touch my face, that is, the detail that makes money,” she said.
Explaining that her marriage with her first husband started at the age of 22 and ended at the age of 27, Evangelista said, “My husband finally released me. But now I was safe, I had my freedom.”
Evangelista said that women who claimed to have been harassed by their ex-husbands also encouraged her. But he added that this reopened unhealed wounds.
Evangelista’s ex-husband Marie was accused of harassment by seven different women in 2020. Thereupon, Evangelista stated that he “believed in them” and appreciated their courage and strength.
Stating that those women gave her courage by telling her about her ex-husband’s harassment, Evangelista said that this situation still broke her heart.
Although he said, “God bless these women. They gave me the strength to speak, too,” he said that everything he said reminded him of his own pain and brought to light his unhealed wounds.
The allegations about Evanelista’s ex-husband came to the fore again years later with the lawsuit filed by Carre Otis Sutton.
However, Geirard Marie denied these allegations of harassment against him every time. Among these, the one that made the most noise was the confessions of Carrie Sutton, one of the famous actress and model of the period. By the way, let us also remind that the star is known as Carre Otis in the cinema and had an eventful and abusive marriage with Mickey Rourke for a while.
Former top model and actor Carre Otis Sutton, who claimed that 71-year-old Marie, who now lives in Ibiza, was one of his victims two years ago, added new ones to his striking statements.
Carre Sutton filed a lawsuit against Gerald Marie two years ago, on the grounds that he raped her multiple times when she was only 17 years old. The case previously filed against Gerald Marie, who denied all these accusations against him, was time-barred.
However, Carre Sutton was invited to the country in order to raise awareness about such harassment incidents in France.
The timing set for the former model’s press conference is also noteworthy. Sutton made her statements before the fashion events that will start in France. In this way, it is aimed to reveal harassment incidents that are known to occur frequently in the fashion world, but most of which are kept under wraps.
Sutton, genetik piyango kazanmış olmanın bedelini çok ağır ödediğini söylemişti o dönemde.
1990’lı yıllarda birçok ünlü moda markasının tanıtım yüzü olan Carre Sutton, Gerald Marie’nin kilo verip daha başarılı bir kariyer oluşturmasına yardımcı olmak için kendisine küçük şişelerde uyuşturucu verdiğini ileri sürdü.
Sutton, o dönemde Marie’nin “radarına girdiğini” ve o andan itibaren de tuzağa düşürülmüş olduğunu iddia etti. Sutton, Paris’e gittiği dönemlerde yeme- içme ve barınma gibi temel ihtiyaçları için Gerald Marie’ye bağımlı olduğunu sözlerine ekledi.
Carre Sutton “Çalışmaya devam edebilmek için tacize katlanmam gerektiğini biliyordum. Bu bana çok net bir şekilde ifade edilmişti” diye konuştu.
Sutton açıklamaları sırasında San Francisco’dan New York’a ve daha sonra da henüz çocuk yaşlarındayken Marie’ye nasıl kaçırıldığını anlattı. Sutton insanları davayı takip etmeye ve sessizlik kültürünü değiştirmeye teşvik etmek için konuştuğunu söyledi. “Genetik bir Piyango kazanmış olmanın bedeli olarak algılanması nedeniyle, sektörümüzde ve moda endüstrisinde taciz normalleştirildi” dedi.
Carre Otis Sutton geçen ağustos ayında açtığı davada, Gerald Marie’nin kendisine defalarca tecavüz ettiğini ileri sürmüştü. Sutton, Marie’yi kendisini Avrupalı zengin erkeklerle birlikte olmaya zorlamakla da suçlamıştı.
SHE COULD NOT HOLD HIS TEARS
Linda Evangelista has been on the agenda for several years with her aesthetic disasters. The model’s appearance was damaged due to operations that went wrong, so she had a hard time. She recently described a more serious health problem than she had previously described. She explained that she had breast cancer and that the disease recurred twice, but she eventually beat it.
Meanwhile, the famous model could not hold back her tears at an event she attended about the photo book she prepared with Stefen Meisel. At that event, she talked about the six years she spent away from the fashion world during her depression, bad plastic surgeries and her battle with cancer. She couldn’t hold back her tears at that time.