A 23-year-old white woman has admitted that she’s so obsessed with illegal tanning injections and has had so many of them that she’s often mistaken for being Black. Hannah Tittensor, a student from Belfast in Northern Ireland, has applied fake tanning cream since she was a teenager but eventually became annoyed by how short-lived the results were and turned to the injectables. She now regularly gets the shots as well as using a tanning bed because it makes her “complexion a lot nicer and glowing.”
- Hannah’s brother introduced her to the idea of tanning injections. Melanotan, which is often sold as an antidote for skin problems, is also sold online, though it is illegal. The lab-made drug works as a synthetic hormone that changes the melatonin levels in the user’s skin, making them darker. In combination with a sunbed, a user can become almost unrecognizable.
- There are side effects to the drug but they’re worth it to Hannah. While Melanotan is illegal in the UK and is prohibited for sale or use, Hannah will go to great lengths to ensure she and her boyfriend have a regular supply. And, while she admits there are side effects to the drug, they’re totally worth it. “The only side effect is the first few days of taking it you feel sick and it sorta suppresses your appetite,” she explained. “Some people would say that that’s a good thing.”
- Despite the criticism she’s received, she doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. For Hannah, having a dark tan is an important element of her self-esteem and she doesn’t see why anyone would have a problem with it. “Other girls say they can’t live without having their nails done and I can’t live without having a tan,” she said. “Pure and simple, it makes me happy.”
- An extreme tan isn’t the only thing Hannah has to show off. She now regularly brags to her 42,000 Instagram followers about having a 23-inch waist, though she admits she did have a breast enhancement to further her figure. Judging by the many supporters she has on the platform, it seems many people are into the look!