She garnered international headlines after she reportedly let her young daughter Anna enter a stand-up tanning booth.
Helping to further propel her into the spotlight and become somewhat of a media sensation for a few weeks, was the dizzying dismay over her charcoal skin and her insistence that she loves to tan but didn’t think she was a “tanorexic”.
But now Patricia Krentcil has risen to the challenge put to her by In Touch magazine and has resisted the urge to go to a tanning booth for one whole month.
And, the results in this exclusive photos, speak for themselves: She looks waaaaay better without the hue of a rubbery baseball glove.
“Everyone says I look so much better less tan,” Patricia told In Touch at the photo shoot on July 19. But the 44-year-old stay at home mom says, “I feel weird and pale.”
Doctors have spoken up about her excessive tanning history, using the term “tanorexic.” “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,” Patricia tells In Touch, adding, “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.”
Though proudly admitting she was “born to be tan,” Patricia quickly shoots down accusations that she took her 6-year-old daughter, Anna, into a tanning bed. “I would never. She comes into the room with me, but not the booth,” she says. “She plays with her Barbie dolls while I tan.”
Patricia admits that she’s done with tanning for now but will likely “squeeze a tan in here or there.” One thing she’s sure about, “I am sick of talking about tanning!”
One thing is for sure– this has to be one of best conceived ideas of the past few months. A stroke of genius, if you will.
Photo credits: Michael Todd/In Touch
For more exclusive photos of Patricia’s new look, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on stands now