Linda Evangelista has disclosed that she received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2018 and had a double mastectomy.
One of the first supermodels, the Canadian woman, 58, revealed to the Wall Street Journal that she discovered a second mass in her chest the previous year.
Her prognosis, according to Evangelista, is “good but not great,” and she “has one foot in the grave.”
She described how her most recent tumor had been treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
“There is a chance once it has returned. Even though I have one foot in the grave, she continued, “I’m absolutely in party mode.
After claiming to have been “deformed” by a botched cosmetic treatment, the actress made her debut appearance on the Vogue cover last year.
She stated her illness was initially discovered during her annual mammogram exam. Evangelista and other 1990s catwalk icons, like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, are interviewed in the new Apple TV+ docuseries The Super Models.
“The margins were not good, and due to other health factors, I immediately decided to have a bilateral mastectomy because I wanted to put everything behind me and not have to deal with this,” she said.
“I thought I was in good shape and ready for life. Breast cancer would not be my death sentence.
The model explained that it was found during her annual mammography and that she was diagnosed in December of 2018.
She discovered a bump on her chest in July of last year, which turned out to be pectoral muscle cancer, Evangelista stated.
According to her, she instructed her doctor to “dig a hole in my chest” if necessary.
“I don’t care if it looks nice. You should excavate, please. When you’re finished, I want to see a hole in my chest. Are you following me? I’m not going to die of this, she remembered.
Evangelista stated that she had “kept it quiet” while receiving treatment and that “only a handful of people knew” about her diagnosis. Evangelista was featured on the now-famous Vogue cover that launched the age of the supermodel.
“I promised myself that I would share this someday, but not right now,” the author said.
Tatjana Patitz, a fellow supermodel, passed away from metastatic breast cancer at the age of 56 earlier this year.
After spending six years “in hiding” owing to an uncommon reaction to a cosmetic operation that was meant to shrink fat cells but instead increased them, Evangelista has lately begun to gently re-enter the public eye.