'Tanning Mom' Patricia Krentcil's 'In Touch' Magazine Photo Shoot Reveals She's A Pale Shadow Of Former Self (VIDEO)

08/02/2012 01:56 pm ET | Updated Aug 03, 2012
  • David Moye Pop culture journalist, HuffPost Weird News

After being burnt in the court of public opinion, tanning mom Patricia Krentcil has become a pale shadow of her former self, thanks to In Touch magazine.

The magazine recently invited Krentcil, 44, to do a photo shoot -- under the condition that she lay off tanning for one whole month!

It wasn't easy, she admitted.

"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," Krentcil told the magazine.

"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."

Krentcil admitted to In Touch that her family and friends think she looks much better when she's less tan, but she doesn't agree.

"I feel weird and pale," she said, adding that, in the future, she will likely "squeeze a tan in here or there."

She has always denied the charges, saying that while her daughter came into the tanning room with me, she never went in the booth.

“She plays with her Barbie dolls while I tan,”

Still, she won't deny the joys she gets frying her epidermis to a crisp in tanning salons near her home town of Nutley,N.J., and told In Touch that she was "born to be tan."

Reduced tanning for the tanning mom means more time for other activities and The Frisky suggested some other hobbies including clowning (she could use bronzer instead of face paint); writing erotic literature ("50 Shades Of Tan"?) and leather working "since she's already familiar with the consistency."

The complete story of Krentcil's new hue can be seen in the latest issue of In Touch magazine.

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