Tan Mom Patricia Krentcil as aspiring model in her early 20s. Credit: Splash News

Tanning Mom wasn't always so tan.

New Jersey native Patricia Krentcil became known as "Tanning Mom" last month for her shockingly tan face and body, which she maintains via tanning beds. But there was a time when the controversial mom, now 44, preferred a more natural look. 

Newly released photos -- sexy glamour shots -- show a twentysomething, barely recognizable Krentcil sporting a pale complexion in a close-up headshot and an impressively toned bikini bod in another. 

(Some speculate that Krentcil's head was photoshopped on another woman's body, but the pale, pre-tan face is all hers.)

The mom pleaded not guilty to second-degree child endangerment after being charged with allowing her 5-year-old daughter to tan in a tanning booth.

She has also been labeled as suffering from "Tanorexia" by some experts and herself admits, "I've very tan."

Krentcil's case has now been sent to a grand jury.