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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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


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

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