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Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts speaks about the dangers of tanning










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U.K. Daily Mail


Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts



Girls Aloud singer

Nicola Roberts

highlighting the dangers

of the tanning industry

in a new documentary.




The 24-year-old will speak

to health experts and dermatologists

as she discovers the dangers of using

sunbeds and faux tan in new show

for BBC3.

In a disturbing image to promote

her new show What Would You Do

To Get A Tan?,

half of the star’s body is

digitally-manipulated to show the

harm that excessive tanning can

do to the skin.



During Girls Aloud‘s early years,

the pale redhead used to spend

hundreds of pounds on tanning

products in an attempt to blend

her tanned,

glossy bandmates.




After turning her back on

bronzing and learning to love

her pale complexion,

the Cheshire-native is finally

happier in her own skin.




Roberts admits to be a

‘tanorexic’ in the past,

but after having an epiphany

three years ago,

has embraced her alabaster skin.



She said:

‘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.’




Roberts was asked to present the

documentary after she previously

highlighted the danger of tanning drugs

on BBC News in November 2008.



When she was interviewed

by Huw Edwards, she said:

‘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.’







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