Tanorexic Mom: Is Hollywood to Blame? (EXCLUSIVE)
Although Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi slammed a thoroughly bronzed New Jersey mom Patricia Krenticil for taking her five-year-old daughter to a tanning booth, experts are claiming the Jersey Shore star and her cast mates are just as much to blame for promoting tanorexic behavior.
With stars like Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton, and more A-listers staying sun-kissed all year long, bronzed skin is perceived as more attractive, leading many people to head to the tanning salon to achieve that natural glow.
But is Hollywood really to blame for America's tanning obsession?
"To quote Coco Chanel, 'You can never be too rich, too thin or too tan.' She said it best, and I think that still holds true in modern day," said Veronique Munro, Founder and CEO of Infinity Sun.
She quickly added: "Anything in excess is potentially dangerous and unhealthy, but by combining UV and Infinity Sun spray tanning, consumers will be able to achieve a safe, deep and healthy tan year round."
Among those who appear tanning obsessed: the media proclaimed tanorexic mom Patricia Krenticil, who made headlines after she allegedly let her 5-year-old daughter suffer second-degree burns by placing her in a tanning booth. The woman's excessive tanning even got a strong reaction from (a very bronzed!) Snooki, who told EXTRA‘s Mario Lopez:
“That b*** is crazy… you are not supposed to take kids there. Everyone knows you are NOT supposed to take kids there.”Patricia bit back, telling TMZ of the reality star (of whom she referred to as Snoopy), saying, "She's the biggest a**hole in the world. She's fake, she's fat, her t*ts are fake, she's disgusting."
Last year, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, senior vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, sat down for a tanning intervention with the Shore cast, but it is not known whether or not the reality stars have kept their promise to switch to artificial spray tanners to achieve their bronzed look.
While Snooki and the gang are no strangers to Saturday Night Live's antics, the tanorexic mom also got burned this weekend! Kristen Wiig impersonated the too-tan parent on Weekend Update. Patricia responded to the spoof, telling the New York Post, "It was well done," adding "the whole thing was hysterical."
Check out the impersonation below:
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