Better known as Tanning Mom, Patricia Krentcil and her ultra-bronzed skin tone made headlines around the globe following accusations that she had taken her six-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her.
Now, after a month abstaining from her sunbed habit, the New Jersey mother-of-five has revealed a faired new look in the new issue of In Touch.
Although the 44-year-old says everyone thinks she looks ‘so much better’ less tan, the stay-at-home mother said: ‘I feel weird and pale.’
Earlier this year, Mrs Krentcil defended herself against child endangerment charges after her six-year-old daughter, Anna, told a school nurse she had gone ‘tanning with mommy.’
The bronzed mother quickly became the subject of public ridicule, with several experts deeming her ‘tanorexic’.
She told In Touch: ‘I’ve had moments where I’ve felt like, “I need to be tan.” And I did all the spray tans and lotions and creams, too – anything to get dark.
‘Once a doctor told me to stop tanning. But I didn’t listen to him. I wanted to be dark.
‘I like looking like I just got back from vacation.’
In Touch asked Mrs Krentcil to forgo sunbeds for one month before the photo shoot, however the still relatively brown-hued mother admits she couldn’t go cold turkey – she still used a self-tanner.
She proudly admits she was ‘born to be tan,’ but even so, she says for now, she ‘done’.
‘I might squeeze one in here or there,’ she adds.
‘I feel white. Everyone says I look better but I’m not sure.’
A series of recently released set of monochrome shots taken in her twenties, serve as evidence of how Mrs Krentcil’s excessive tanning habit has affected her skin over the past two decades.