It’s worse than you imagine.

tanning mom 5 year old

Her skin is the same color as her daughter’s hair. This is very clearly not her natural shade. I’m not saying it is a bad shade in itself (I am terrified of hipster racism), but making your skin this unnaturally tinted seems like it’s probably the mark of  someone who is maybe not in a great place. Because that much tanning is very clearly not good for you.

When I first heard about how this mother took her kid to the tanning salon, I thought “oh, maybe something went awry, the kid got into the tanning beds somehow?” I thought that largely because she looked reasonably normal in court photos (albeit like someone who would leave their kid in a waiting room at a tanning salon unattended). She looked like this, in case you were wondering:

I now realize how hard they must have had to work to make her look that normal.