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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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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the white hair and eyebrows… just horrid

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