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WTF: When Tanning Goes Terribly Wrong

1:11 pm - 05/02/2012

Recently, a New Jersey mom was arrested for allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to catch some rays in the tanning booth after her daughter told the school nurse that her sunburn came from “tanning with mommy.” Although the mom said her daughter’s sunburn happened the old-fashioned way—playing outside—authorities weren’t buying it. They charged Patricia Krentcil with Second Degree Child Endangerment, and she’s now fighting to clear her name.

Despite Krentcil’s claims that she didn’t allow her daughter to hop in the tanning bed, a crime for anyone under the age of 14 in New Jersey, there is one thing that has to be working against her case: Her face.

(link to vid, as lj doesn't seem to like the embedding script)

Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

While child endangerment is a serious charge, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically as Krentcil explained the situation to her local news affiliate. I give them props, though. Throughout the entire news report no one mentioned her noticeably leathery skin or the fact that she looks utter ridiculous with her burnt sienna skin and too-blonde hair.

Although I can’t really comment on whether or not she endangered her child, judging by Krentcil’s skin she looks like she’s done enough damage to herself to last a lifetime.

uluviel 2nd-May-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've always thought excessive tanning like this is a kind of body dysmorphia. Like, they don't realize how dark they actually are, and still think they can tan more? Like anorexics who don't realize how thin they have gotten and think they can diet more.
soleiltropiques 2nd-May-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I suspect you are correct. Although there may be an addiction component as well, I suppose.
soleiltropiques 2nd-May-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
There was a woman on the Strange Addiction show that was 'addicted' to her breasts. She was considering going for her nth breast augmentation surgery. This certainly sounds like Body Dysmorphic Disorder and is not unlike this tanning case.

Here is a link with the DSM criteria for this disorder: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/291182-overview.
moonshaz 3rd-May-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Iawtc. Definitely a form of body dysmorphia.
romp 3rd-May-2012 07:08 am (UTC)
Makes sense to me--I remember my sister tanning with baby oil for months and getting dark...and it was nothing like that woman's colour. I didn't know that was possible.
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