The reason for Donald Trump’s orange skin hue has long been a topic of speculation.
While the most obvious answer is almost certainly the right one—that the president uses self-tanner—he has never publicly admitted it.
Backing up this hypothesis is a passage from James Comey’s memoir A Higher Loyalty, where the former FBI chief recalled the particular orange tone of the president’s skin as well as “bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.”
Former White House aide/Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman also commented on Trump’s tanning habit in her memoir Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, mentioning how the president would spend hours at a time in a tanning bed.
Trump’s people have denied the tanning bed accusations as recently as last Saturday, when The New York Times reported that a senior White House official said Trump’s skin tone is a result of “good genes” and “O.K., a little powder — a translucent one, not a bronzer — which the president applies himself before television appearances.”
This all begs the question—what would Donald Trump look like without his trademark “sun-kissed” and “vibrant” glow?@ronmartinez, replying to attorney and Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson‘s commentary on the New York Times article, Photoshopped the answer.
And it was a nightmare to behold.
— Ron Martínez (@ronmartinez) February 4, 2019
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 4, 2019
I don't understand how this is more disquieting that the orange hue, but somehow, it is.
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) February 4, 2019
I've done a number of seriously regrettable things in life but never anything to deserve this.
— deplatform terfs 2k19 (@disableddybbuk) February 5, 2019
Ok I support the tanning
— Ellen Elizabeth (@greenegirl14) February 4, 2019
— SC❄️TT (@ScottMartineck) February 4, 2019
If I remember X-Men correctly, this is a screenshot from directly before Senator Kelly collapses into a jellyfish and then liquifies. Nice try though, Ron
— Calyx Palmer (@calyxworld) February 4, 2019
— Homey O'Stasis (@twalsh813) February 4, 2019
Of course, this isn’t nearly the first time Trump’s fake tan has been Photoshopped off him. Back in 2016, BuzzFeed staffer Jen Lewis Photoshopped the rest of the president’s face to match the color around his eyes, to similar (terrifying) results.
WHY YOU DO DIS?! 😭 https://t.co/iUhsz3tEcm
— Mr. "Level 6.5 SJW 😑" Perry (@eperry2011) April 5, 2016
no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NON ONONON ONNON https://t.co/TDA7fgitkW
— jess💖💜💙@ Pride y’all!🏳️🌈 (@JessEtheridge) April 4, 2016
Though, according to this former digital retouching artist, the photos below are a more apt representation of Trump’s appearance sans orange glow:
I used to do color retouching for big time advertising, and this is probably a little closer to what @realDonaldTrump looks like without his makeup. He does spend a fair amount of time on the links. pic.twitter.com/6Y3mGfr5rn
— Peter Sylwester (@ptrdo) February 4, 2019
Much better, imo.
The true source of President Donald Trump’s tan is still a mystery for now, unless he ends up in prison. Then we’ll know for sure.