Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts talks about the dangers of tanning in a new show for BBC – even more, Nicola accepted to have her skin photoshopped to show the damages of too much tanning (see above).
Let’s hear out her motivation:
I tried to cover up my insecurities by turning into a big-time tanorexic.
I had every product from every range. It filled a shelf in my bathroom and no matter how exhausted I was, I needed my fix. I was very young when I was using fake tan and I didn’t care.
I had a very narrow-minded view on what was pretty and what wasn’t. I automatically thought that tanned was attractive. As I got older, I realised fake tan was rather messy and I wanted to look cleaner, classier and more demure. I started looking at women like Lily Cole and Sophie Ellis Bextor – beautiful women with their pale skin, rather than looking at the run-of-the-mill, tanned, average lady.
I began to find it attractive, rather than what I used to find attractive. I grew out of it. I feel that people injecting themselves with a needle to become brown is quite disturbing. One – it isn’t safe and two – it’s not real.
Here is Nicola in her “tanned days”: