- Gisele Bundchen is the biggest
international star on the runway during Rio's Fashion Week, but
she's also making headlines for criticizing the Roman Catholic
church's opposition to condom use and abortion.
Bundchen, who paraded Tuesday night for the Colcci label, told
the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the church's take on
contraception is hopelessly outdated because it was adopted when
"the women were virgins, the guys were virgins."
"Today, no one is a virgin when they get married," Bundchen
She made the comments less than a month after Pope Benedict XVI
criticized government-sanctioned abortion laws and birth control
during a five-day visit to Brazil, the world's most populous Roman
While most abortions are banned in Brazil, the government hands
out more than 300 million free condoms each year to prevent AIDS
and unwanted pregnancies.
"To prohibit condoms is ridiculous, just think of all the
diseases transmitted without them," the 26-year-old supermodel
told the newspaper.
She added: "How is it possible to not want people to use
condoms and also not have abortions? It's impossible, I'm sorry."
Bundchen isn't the first Brazilian celebrity to clash with the
Roman Catholic church over contraception.
Popular singer Daniela Mercury was pulled from a 2005 Vatican
Christmas concert over her participation in an anti-AIDS campaign
promoting condom use.