A US novelty company is selling a "tanorexic" action figure based on a deeply tanned New Jersey mother accused of causing skin burns to her young daughter in a tanning booth.
Patricia Krentcil has said she loves tanning but wouldn't - and didn't - take her then-five-year-old into a tanning booth. Krentcil pleaded not guilty last week to a child endangerment charge. She says her daughter got sunburned outdoors.
The president of Oxford-based HeroBuilders in Connecticut says everyone has friends into heavy tanning. Emil Vicale says, "We thought it was a funny thing to do."
The blonde, orange-faced doll in a black pantsuit is US$29.95 (NZ$38)