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Crystal Renn Explains Her Shocking Hair Transformation

04/12/2012 at 12:30 PM ET

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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!

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