Gisele Bundchen: Sunscreen is ‘Poison’

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As one of the world’s highest-paid supermodels, Gisele Bundchen rakes in a pretty penny thanks to that attractive skin of hers. But the 30-year-old is drawing fire for her recent controversial comments on skin care.

Bundchen raised eyebrows on Friday after being quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that she doesn’t use sun-tan lotion because it’s “poison.” While promoting her own own line of organic skin-care products, Bunchen reportedly revealed,

“I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.”

Bundchen’s alternative, she explained, is that she only tans prior to 8 a.m., when the sun’s rays are presumably less intense and damaging.

Now the Victoria’s Secret angel’s comments are drawing ire from cancer experts who characterize her comments as irresponsible. According to Dolival Loao, head of dermatology at the National Cancer Institute in Bundchen’s homeland of Brazil,

“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.”

Bundchen has caused controversy with her unique take on health matters before. Shortly after giving birth to son Benjamin in December 2009, she angered many mothers by declaring that mandatory breast-feeding should be a “worldwide law.”

Where do you stand on Gisele’s most recent comments? Does she have a point, or should she leave public commentary on health matters to the experts? Share your opinion in the comments section.