Tanning Mom: PALE!!

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Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil no longer lives up to her nickname.

The orange New Jersey parent arrested earlier this year for dragging her daughter into a tanning bed has scaled back on her "treatments" and is now pale!

Check out this photo of her with a relatively normal skin tone:

Patricia Krentcil (Tanning Mom) Pale

Tanning Mom is now pale as a ghost! Or at least a human being.

The celebrity gossip magazine In Touch recently invited Krentcil, 44, to do a photo shoot, provided she lay off tanning for one whole month!

It wasn't easy, but needing fame/money for legal fees, she obliged.

"I've had moments where I've felt like, 'I need to be tan.' I did all the spray tans and lotions and creams, too - anything to get dark," she said.

"Once a doctor even 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."

After she quit for a month? It's like she's a new person.

"I feel weird and pale," Patricia Krentcil said, adding that, in the future, despite how good she looks now, she will likely "squeeze a tan in here or there."

Here or there or 20 times a week ... give or take.

TM became a media "darling" after being charged with felony child endangerment (she pleaded not guilty) for putting her 5-year-old in an artificial tanning booth, so it's no surprise that old habits die hard. She says she was "born to be tan."

And/or possibly do time. We'll see.

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