In Vanity, you play as an aspiring actor ready for fame and fortune. In order to get the best roles, you build three attributes: fitness, tan, and style. This was directly inspired by the TV Show Jersey Shore that popularized indoor tanning among youth. Every time you tan, you potentially increase your risk of getting skin cancer. The players must find a balance between healthy behavior and achieving stardom.
The game was funded by the Division of Dermatology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. A digital version of the game was funded by the Canadian Dermatology Association and developed by Hyperactive Productions that used our original design as a starting point.