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Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil Says Mitt Romney's Tan Is 'Fake'

Tanning Mom Mitt Romney

First Posted: 09/24/12 08:21 AM ET Updated: 09/24/12 10:54 AM ET

There's been plenty of speculation about whether Mitt Romney's orange-brown skin tone during his appearance on Univision last week was real. But now one of the country's foremost authorities on tanning has spoken -- and says Mitt's hue isn't legit.

In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, Patricia Krentcil -- the "Tanning Mom" accused of bringing her 6-year-old daughter into a tanning booth earlier this year -- said Romney had obviously used bronzer to appeal to Latino voters last Wednesday.

"It's fake," she said of the presidential candidate's self-proclaimed base tan. "That's so fake. It's way too orange."

Romney drew fire after political bloggers deemed he had far more color during Univision's "Meet the Candidate" interview than he did at an earlier campaign fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia.

GALLERY: Tanning Mom (story continues below)

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  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." She brought her daughter, Anna, whom she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/patricia-krentcil-arrested-daughter-tanning-booth_n_1469392.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">allegedly took into a tanning booth in April</a>. Krentcil denies the allegation.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Here's Tanning Mom with HuffPost Weird News editor Andy Campbell.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." She brought her daughter, Anna, whom she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/patricia-krentcil-arrested-daughter-tanning-booth_n_1469392.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">allegedly took into a tanning booth in April</a>. Krentcil denies the allegation.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    This photograph of Patricia Krentcil was released by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil, of Nutley, N.J., whose own skin is deeply bronze-colored from regular visits to a tanning salon, has been accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth in violation of state law. Krentcil entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to a charge of child endangerment. (AP Photo/Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, left, stands with her lawyer John Caruso during a court appearance on charges of child endangerment at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, center, walks out of Essex County Superior Court with her lawyer John Caruso, right, after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, walks out of Essex County Superior Court after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Reporters talk to Patricia Krentcil, 44, center right, as she walks out of Essex County Superior Court after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

The former Massachusetts governor's camp maintains that his tan came from the sun, according to ABC News. His makeup artist for the Univision appearance, Lazz Rodriguez, said, "It was definitely a real tan."

But nobody knows a true bronze better than Krentcil, who told The Huffington Post on Friday that she used to visit a tanning booth 20 times a month, turning her skin into a charred, leathery brown.

Krentcil was arrested in April after school officials told police that her daughter Anna's skin was burned from visting a New Jersey tanning salon with her mom. Krentcil claims that her daughter had a sunburn from playing outdoors, and that she would never take her into a tanning booth.

"It just didn't happen," she told The Huffington Post. "She would have been burned from head to toe. And she wasn't."

Krentcil began a treatment program and is now dedicated to renewing her skin. She said she hasn't gone tanning for six months and is on a media tour to promote the book, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin."