Crystal Renn Explains Her Shocking Hair Transformation

04/12/2012 at 12:30 PM ET

Crystal Renn
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Crystal Renn has experienced every side of the modeling business, from runway to plus-size gigs to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

But fans of the fashion veteran may no longer recognize her. The former plus size model — who these days, is booking mainstream jobs — recently dyed her hair (and eyebrows) platinum blonde for an extreme image overhaul.

“People can’t believe the transformation. I had black hair and now I have white hair,” Renn tells PEOPLE. “That’s what’s so exciting. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to show up as a different canvas at a shoot. It’s a very extreme look but very beautiful. Though it’s nothing conventional.”

After undergoing multiple dying sessions to bring her hair color from mahogany to icy blonde, Renn admits, “It’s a challenging look. But what’s wonderful is it’s something that photographs beautifully.”

In fact, she’s already done one photo shoot as a tragic Marilyn Monroe figure, but Renn says she’s not going for the blonde beach babe vibe. “I’m not trying to conform to one certain look,” she says. “I look up to someone like Tilda Swinton. She’s the fashion icon. She experiments and that keeps life fun.” Tell us: Do you prefer Renn as a blonde or brunette?

–Charlotte Triggs

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Nellie on

she looks amazing with that white blond hair!! love it!!

Nellie on

love love the look she just needs to fill her eyebrows in!!

mindy b on

I don’t like the color. But, what the rest of us like or don’t like doesn’t matter if she is happy with it. My concern would be, as a model and having to look perfect for photo shoots, the upkeep for that color is going to be constant. Going from black hair to white, there are going to be some serious roots when it grows out!

Sammy on

forget her weight that platinum hair has got to go!

Lynn on

Is it wrong to say I prefer her with a little more meat on her? I don’t actually find the anorexic look hot.

Bee on

It looks cool!

graceandpeas on

I don’t think she intended for this to be “natural” looking, and I doubt she plans on keeping it for long! She’s a model. She does editorials. It’s important for her to be bold, and try new, fresh looks. I don’t think she would recc’d this look for the average woman. That’s not what it’s about for a top model.

Tammy on

The hair is okay…I would have done the eyebrows just a tad darker…even natural blonds have a tad bit darker natural brows sometimes.

triniuty on

If I were someone close to her, I would be on alert. All of these drastic changes in a short period of time usually represent turmoil…. what will be the next drastic change? her obituary?

gabrielle on

she never said she was trying to look nateral…

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