Gisele says sunscreen is poison

Last updated 11:40 07/02/2011
CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS: Gisele B√ľndchen has admitted she doesn't wear sunscreen, saying the synthetic substance is 'poison'.

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Model Gisele Bundchen has sparked controversy by saying that she doesn't wear sunscreen, calling it 'poison'.

The 30-year-old was speaking to media at the launch of her organic skincare line, Sejaa, in Brazil.

"I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic." Bundchen said.

She went on to say she protects her skin from the harmful rays of the sun by never going out into the sun after 8am.

 Her comments have angered doctors and dermatologists.

"Sunscreen prevents damage to the skin and is of fundamental importance for the prevention of cancer. This is not any poison, when a public person makes a statement like this, it creates confusion," Dolival Loao, head of dermatology at Brazil's National Cancer Institute told the UK's Daily Mail newspaper.

It's not the first time that the model's comments have got her into hot water.

After giving birth to her son in 2009 she told Harper's Bazaar magazine that all mothers should breasfeed.

"Some people here (in the USA) think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think, 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little? I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.'"

She later apologised for her comments.

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