Old Tanning Mom Photos: What a HOTTIE!

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Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey native arrested for taking her five-year-old daughter into a tanning bed, was once an aspiring model.

A pretty good-looking one, at that. Unappealing as Tanning Mom in Playboy might be now, back in the mid '90s would've been a different story!

In pictures taken at the time she was applying to a modeling agency, Krentcil had yet to sport her much-discussed orange/brown burnt-crisp look.

"As far as I know, that was her," her husband Rich confirmed about the photos, admitting not to know who took the shots or how they surfaced.

"It was probably taken a good 15 years ago, at least."

A former Long Island classmate of Patricia, now 44, is more skeptical. "She was skinny and had no boobs in high school," said the acquaintance.

"I just can't see it. No way – it must be Photoshop."

Earlier this week, Patricia Krentcil's case went to a grand jury. She has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree felony child endangerment charge.