Patricia 'Tanning Mom' Krentcil, the New Jersey mother accused of taking her 5-year old daughter into a tanning bed, was once an aspiring model!

Recently discovered photos show that Krentcil was basically bronze-less while pursuing a career in front of the camera--which is exactly where she's wound up, but not for her posing prowess.

But one former classmate of Krentcil's from Cold Spring Harbor High School in Long Island, New York (who declined to give her name) says she believes these newly surfaced modeling shots have been doctored because she doesn't remember Patricia having such a bodacious bod, telling the New York Post:

"She was so skinny and had no boobs in high school.  I can't see it. No way – it's Photoshop."

44-year old Patricia Krentcil of Nutley, New Jersey was arrested in April on charges of second degree child endangerment to which she pleaded not guilty.  Her case is now with a grand jury.