Rumor Patrol: Gisele Bundchen Never Called Sunscreen 'Poison'

02/07/2011 at 02:00 PM ET

Gisele Sunscreen Denial

Gisele Bündchen is firing back at published reports that quoted her as saying she refuses to wear sunscreen. While promoting her skincare line Sejaa in her native Brazil, the supermodel reportedly claimed of SPF products: “I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.” Reports went on to quote her as saying that her alternative is simply avoiding going out at times in the day when the sun is strongest–advice that cancer experts quickly shot down as ineffective. But a rep for Bündchen says that a misunderstanding is to blame. “They misquoted her due to a language barrier,” the rep tells PEOPLE. “Gisele would never say not to use sunscreen because she has family members who have had skin cancer.” So what did Gisele intend to express? “She simply stated that her all natural skincare line does not include an SPF product,” the rep continued. “She followed that line of questions saying she tried to stay out of the sun when it is the strongest between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.” 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. She says, ‘Of course I put on sun block. I don’t want to look like a shrimp!'”–Charlotte Triggs


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Mandy on

So glad THAT’S cleared up! I was thisclose to getting rid of all my sunscreen!!

KRN on

She’s still dumb.

Cindy on

There really are a large number of sunscreens that I would refuse to wear. That doesn’t mean I do not use sunscreen.
So agree with Gisele.

Jennifer on

So her shameless self promotion of her new skin care line flopped?
What language barrier…isn’t she from Brazil?

Jellybeans on

Would they please give this woman a break? It’s a real shame that having an opinion and standards is a bad thing yet everyone feels bad for ANNOYING
bitter baby mama Bridget Monyahan who won’t let her son eat snacks and refused to give her son his dads last name because he didn’t want to be with her!

Giulianna on

I read the article on the Brazilian magazine and she never said poison. Things defenitely go lost in translation. Everybody have the freedom to express there opnion. People have to calm down a little.

denise on

She is such a weirdo………

Amy on

I’m sorry, but ” refused to give her son his dads last name because he didn’t want to be with her”? Perhaps she chose to give her son her name because he’s being raised mostly by her and she isn’t married to Tom Brady, therefore she doesn’t have his name either? Saying “refused” implies that you know ANYTHING about the reasoning behind their choice. I don’t find Bridget Moynahan bitter, although who could blame her if she were?

WriterWriter on

I’ll do it for her: Sunscreen is poison. Not only do the chemicals in it leech into the skin and the blood stream, sunscreen prevents the skin from doing what it is designed to do; manufacture vitamin D.

Lack of vitamin D is critical for prevention of a wide range of cancers (which, if they were prevented would put a lot of those “cancer experts” out of their jobs), as well as from MS and osteoporosis.

The best course of action is to gradually expose the body to sun. If your skin is very pale, then 5 minutes a day for a couple weeks, gradually increasing.

A tan is not necessary but exposure to sun IS. Sunscreen is poison and if Ms Bundchen said so, it’s because she’s right.

WriterWriter on

UPDATE: Lack vitamin D is implicated in the development of a wide variety of cancers…. as well as in higher risks for MS and osteoporosis.

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