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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Allison on

It is not a pretty look on her

rlb237 on

it might not be so bad/harsh if the eyebrows weren’t dyed too. But she’s definitely better as a brunette.

lINDA KAREN on

Dislike.. doesnt even look natural or anything.

May on

She is gorgeous. Just gorgeous!

Krista on

I think she looks gorgeous with any hair/eyebrow style! I like this look. It’s edgy. Very Linda Evangelista.

stargazer401 on

The hair color looks very sleek and stylish, even if it doesn’t look natural. The eyebrow color, though, looks alien. I really dislike the color on her eyebrows. Looks bizarre. I’ve always thought women should keep the color on their heads and leave their eyebrows alone.

meghan on

i actually really like the change.

Barbara on

I love this look. I’m soooooo tired of the boring, conventional look of every starlet and actress. They all look exactly the same with their long boring hair and tired make up. I even like the eyebrows!

Hurray for women who express themselves as individuals and think and act outside of the mainstream!

Boo on

What idiot hair colourist decided to dye her eyebrows that light as well??

Jon on

I like Crystal Renn, and her hair-change is quite interesting, they both look good, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with the… white color!

Lola BG on

Oh, People…it’s dyeing as in applying dye….not dying as in passing away.

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LoveMyCrazyLife on

I think she looks better as a brunette. But, it might not be bad if the eyebrows weren’t the same color as the hair.

Deena on

yeah, keep telling yourself it’s beautiful. it’s scary and it does not look good!
I’ve stopped being a fan of hers after she started loosing weight again when she was telling us she was feeling great as a plus size. same goes for Jennifer Hudson!

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Erika on

I LOVE IT!!!! SHE LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!!!!

look on

she looks like a character out of a comic book and is likely ruining her hair in the process of trying to look so different.

Liz on

Does it look good for every day wear? I don’t think so, personally. But I do think it’s a great high-fashion look.

Cindy on

I think it’s interesting and fun.

Nellie on

a blonde!! she looks amazing

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…

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.

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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scarletmyth on

The platinum blonde hair gives her a unique, avant-garde look which may work for her in the fashion business. She needed something to make her stand out, especially now that she has lost weight, perhaps making her too thin now for plus size modeling but not thin enough for the other kind.

Madison on

So sadly, while there is someone out there named Sara Ziff who has taken her years of modeling and is attempting to change things for the better for young girls; we give full blown attention to one of the most shallow people on the planet. Crystal has gone from being a happy, empowering spokesperson for young women everywhere to someone whos latest pictures at the very least are offensive and portray a demeaning portrayal of women. I give the examples of a mental patient being bound and sexually assaulted by her nurse. A woman gorging herself on food. An assortment of Crystal being bound and nude or her being a dominatrix. Not one of these is something that empowers any young woman but only perpetuates the stereo types that women have always been in print. This is a woman who has the attention of the entire planet, she is so well known. Someone who took a stand against the very machine that she now rides in all her naked glory. What does she do with this power? She dyes her hair blonde. When she is on and natural she is one of the most beautiful women in the world. To do nothing with it but become a caracature and fetish? Crystal may have wealth and fame, and maybe that is what she only wanted all along; but she has no respect. She is doing nothing to make the world a better place for young girls and that is tragic.

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