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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Donna on

Eww.

Parker on

It’s art people, duh. :/ Haha!

p tommy on

Be yourself!!!

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cupcake on

I don’t care too much for the eyebrows but I think the grayish-white color brings out her beautiful brown eyes. I think it’s a great look because she looks like it makes her feel great about herself and confidence is the pinnacle of beauty. I always go with the motto my grandma taught me – “Go with what makes you YOU”

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Dimensionasalon on

We appreciate that she specified she went through multiple treatments, and do you notice how short her hair is now.

Dimensionasalon on

Notice that she said she had to go through multiple treatments. $$$$$. Also, take note that her hair has been cut as well.

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