Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen found herself the subject of some scrutiny after supposedly telling London’s Daily Mail that sunscreen was poison: "I cannot put this poison on my skin...I do not use anything synthetic."
During the launch of her own line of organic products Sejaa, she apparently told reporters she only goes in the sun before 8 am, when the sun is too weak to do any damage. Dolival Loao, head of dermatology at Brazil's National Cancer Institute replied "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."
Now the model is denying she ever said anything of the sort. “They misquoted her due to a language barrier,” her rep tells People.com. “Gisele would never say not to use sunscreen because she has family members who have had skin cancer.” And yes, Gisele does use sunscreen–just not harsh formulations. “When using sunscreens she selects ones that are free of parabens, oxybenzone, PABA, and retinyl palmitate,” says the rep. “She buys her sunscreen at Whole Foods, so she can find ones that are free of harsh chemicals."
"Of course I put on sun block," insists Bundchen. "I don’t want to look like a shrimp!’”