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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nonamerequired on

i hope she sees a therapist weekly ‘cuz she’s exhibiting some very bizarre behavior. lotsa ‘actin’ out’

Alexia on

Wow, that’s a really harsh look. And she has gotten so thin again! I can’t imagine it’s healthy the way her weight yo-yoed.

Ohnoshedint on

Hunger Games. That’s all I see. lol

karla on

Maybe my monitor is off but it looks gray…not blonde. And no one should do that to their hair on purpose…

Val on

She didn’t “dye” her hair. You don’t “dye” your hair a lighter color — you BLEACH it. Only if you do a 2-step process do you “dye” your hair blonde. For example, if she wants to show up tomorrow in a honey-blonde shade, she would have to ADD a tint to her now-platinum hair. You DYE your hair darker, but you BLEACH it lighter.

RICK on

LOOKS HORRIBLE ! ! ! ! !

D.Murphy on

I like change, although I think the eyebrows aren’t a good look. She does look better as a brunette, to me.

Heather on

I think it’s brilliant! It’s a stand-out look, even for the industry. She’s got the bone structure for it and it really makes her brown eyes pop. Good for her for going so far against the grain and not being afraid!

Amy on

Couldn’t she take a cue from Gwen Stefani and NOT bleach out her eyebrows!? Looks ridiculous.

Nicole on

Deena, Jennifer Hudson lost weight to be healthier and she looks great. She still has a figure, she’s not a stick!

Val-I have dyed my hair lighter many times. Now with what Crystal did she clearly had to bleach, but yes you can dye your hair lighter.

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