NEVER Roberts was so worried about her pale skin that she would go to a chaise longue in her school uniform at only 14 – and now she's fossilized to get skin cancer.
The Girls Aloud star did her best to look bronzed when she was younger, including spending hours baking loungers on the way home from school and getting into fake things.
She vividly remembers a school dance teacher, pointing out how her white legs were compared.
She was constantly compared to her friends Cheryl, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle – who were much browner than her.
19659005] Almost overnight Nicolas became "ugly" in the group, with her white skin separated by malevolent thugs, and things got so bad that she became depressed and turned to drink.
Although her roommates asked her to accept her coloring, at one point, who spent so long in the sun, she tried desperately to burn, leaving her with blisters and burning so badly that she burst into tears.
It was a turning point, and Nicholas finally realized that he had to accept the skin he was in.
She is now the poster girl for being pale, working for a model landing, launching a makeup line specifically for people with her color, and being candid about the dangers of extreme tan on sun loungers.
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Nicholas, 33, turns out to be part of a great "Dying For A Tan" series that highlights the risks of using
Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, killing six people every day.
And the use of sunbeds before the age of 35 has been found to increase your chance of developing melanoma, the most lethal. kind, with a shocking 87%.
"My parents had to stop me"
"I used to use sun loungers after school," Nicola recalls. "It wasn't ordinary, but I would wear my uniform. Nobody ever stopped me. Nobody told me it was dangerous.
" I'll make myself nine minutes, they'll take my money and I would leave. It was not against the law.
"Then there was a real lack of education. I didn't know I was hurting myself.
"I don't think my parents should have let me use the deck chair, but they were also unaware of the dangers.
"Over the last decade, there has been an influx of skin cancer cases. It stems from people in their eighties and nineties who spend hours on deck chairs. Now he returns to harm them later in life.
"My nan's skin cancer was on my nose and I should have had it removed several times.
" In the future, I'm worried about getting skin cancer – you just have to use a deck chair a handful of times. I just hope you I have not caused lasting damage. " Photos like this one taken in 2004 remind Nicolas of how desperately he fits into it at this point in his life" class = "lazyload" data-src = "https: //www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg "data-credit =" Rex Features "data-sizes =" (max-width: 375px) 335px, (max -width: 520px) 480px, 620px "data-img =" https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992 -e1564747322188.jpg? strip = all & w = 655 "data-srcset =" https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=335 335w, https : //www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg? w = 480 480w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/ 2019/08 / NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg? W = 620 620w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=670 670w, https://www.thesun.co.uk //www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=960 960w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019 /08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=1005 1005w, https: /www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=1440 1440w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/ 08 / NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e15 64747322188.jpg? W = 1860 1860w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=1340 1340w, https: //www.thesun. co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e1564747322188.jpg?w=1920 1920w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NINTCHDBPICT000510465992-e15647473288 .jpg? w = 2480 2480w "src =" data: image / svg + xml,% 3Csvg xmlns = "http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox = "0 0 0.7 1"% 3E% 3C / svg% 3E "/>
"I felt pressured to become golden brown"
For Nicholas, a huge part of the problem is that tanning is considered fashionable.  It's something she's been struggling with a lot since Girls Aloud made it big in 2002, especially when people started comparing her and her roommates.
Things got so bad that Nicholas arrived home late after the shoots, jumping in the shower to remove his complexion then re-applying before going to bed. 4.30am wake-up calls mean she often only sleeps three hours to look bronze.
"I came to a really dark place when I came to want to get tan, I really don't like my natural skin tone. listened to the wrong people and all kinds of people judged my appearance, "she says.
"There were many people who are not terribly open that pale people worldwide.  "Not every celebrity has to be golden in color. I felt compelled to try to fit in with everyone else.
" The other girls in the group were naturally more tan than I was, so tan wasn't a problem for them . They would say to me, "Just be pale. & # 39;
" When I look back at the photos, I'm not terrified. I just see someone trying their best to fit in and avoid all the negatives. I tried so hard not to be judged. "
Burning is so bad that it burns.
At the age of 18, Nicholas burned so sunny on vacation to Rhodes that he lay in bed crying and in agony.
" I made the mistake of falling asleep in the sun. I had a serious sunburn, she says. "I was very, very burned out and it was very, very painful.
“I was swelling and my skin was swelling. I could barely bend. I just went to bed and cried.
"I was in so much pain that I couldn't even put on a cream, it was such a painful touch. I knew it was a mistake I would never make again.
"I had to learn to accept my pale skin: and I forced my perspective on what I thought was beautiful to change "
Instead of looking at tanned celebrities in gossip magazines, Nicholas began to look for fashion models for inspiration.
Many were very pale and this gave her the confidence to embrace her natural skin – and to walk on the podium.
It has not always been easy, since even now she is constantly being judged by
"I'm not sick, I'm just super pale," she says. "It's 2019 and I can't believe we're still having this conversation. Why do we still put pressure on girls to have a tan
"All those years later, and skin tone is still used to injure people. It doesn't matter if you have a tan or not. Please keep your skin dry. Don't use sun loungers .
"Everything we do can have consequences later in life. Life is so precious. "
Earlier this year, she was viewed for photos of herself and Kimberly on vacation in Sardinia, Italy.
People mocked with her white skin, calling her the world's first "human negative" and saying that she would look better with e
None of this has affected Nicholas as she is so confident in her skin, but it makes her anxious about the pressure she is putting on younger girls
"We are different ethnicities, all the different skin tones that should be celebrated, "she says."
"People come from all different parts of the world. We have different skin, just as we have different hair colors or bra size. We have to accept our differences, this is what makes the world great.
"I grew up with gossip commenting on how I look. If I also had social media, it scares me to think about how I would cope and what my mental health would be.
"I know some younger artists who have to engage with social media and Instagram comments, this really pulls them down. There are so many abuses. We all need to be more open-minded and accepting. "