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Nicola Roberts with computer-generated skin damage.
BBC Three Online talk tanning with Nicola Roberts
BBC Three Online caught up with Nicola Roberts to talk about the personal journey she went on to explore the culture of tanning amongst young people in the UK.Read more on BBC Three's Facebook page
Q. So Nicola, how did you end up making the documentary? Was it your idea?
A. It was my idea. Basically what happened was about 9 months ago I became very aware of how wrapped up we are in the way everybody looks. I felt like it was getting out of control and there was so much pressure. There are more important things in life and I wanted to highlight that whole positive message of just being pleased with who you are really.
I wanted to use my personal journey that is what inspired me to make the documentary. I used to be really insecure about being pale and I used to really, really do a lot of excessive tanning. I used fake tan every day and I just couldn’t let one ounce of my body be seen to be pale as I just thought it was unattractive. And I know that there are lots of women out there who feel like that and they’ll go to any lengths to have a tan. And I wanted to really document that and show that this is the length that society is pushing them to. And obviously knowing that skin cancer is the fastest rising cancer in UK it just seems to be getting worse and worse and I just wanted to put it all in one bundle and portray that in the documentary.
- Nicola Roberts
- Sophie Robinson
- Sophie Robinson
- Executive Producer
- Patrick Holland