Mohamed Salah is her hero, and she really wanted to do it.
That was the response from the mother of nine-year-old girl Madison Mcguane in defending the decision to use fake-tan to make her daughter look like an authentic version of the Liverpool star.
The ladbible.com reported on Monday that Marion Mcguane had initially thought that some people may find Madison’s Halloween costume of Salah as offensive for “blacking up”, but opted to go through with it anyway.
Madison, from Limerick in Ireland, wore a Liverpool jersey and had make-up applied to resemble Salah, with a curly hair wig and fake beard like the Egyptian.
“Mo Salah is Madison’s idol – so she was adamant she was dressing up as him, even though it was a Halloween theme, she is a little girl and her hair is snow white,” Marion said.
“Initially I was shocked because I thought people would be offended, and that we’d have to be really careful that people might not take it as a joke.
“But she didn’t think anyone would take offence to it – he’s her idol, and she was certain she was dressing up as him.
“I said but it’s for Halloween, and she said to me ‘I don’t care mum, I’m dressing up as Mo Salah’.
“It was her idea and she really wanted to do it, so I fell in love with the idea and the challenge, and said ‘Let’s do this’.”
Make-up artist Tammy Meehan also saw nothing wrong with the fake tan.
“Marion contacted me to do Madison’s make-up as Mo Salah, I looked through his pictures to get an idea of what to do and I shaped out his face, tried to get his skin tone as good as I could,” she said.
“It took me about 25 minutes, and then she was out playing with her football straight away.
“I don’t think anyone would have been offended because people dress up all the time, and people change their colour all the time for fancy dress.
“Madison doesn’t understand things like that, she’s a little girl and Mo Salah is her idol.
“She loves him, it’s a big thing for a girl too to go out looking like a boy as well – she could have got bullied, but she didn’t.
“Loads of people thought it was brilliant, other kids want to do it and loads of people have messaged me asking me how I did it. I think by next year, all kids will be dressing up as footballers.
“Not one person commented on the fact we fake-tanned her, they just thought it was a brilliant idea because she went out as who she wanted to be.
“He’s her idol and she loves him that much, so why not – it’s only paint, I would never want to offend anyone, and I don’t think it does.”