- Sheila Ranea Crabtree hated her first name and went by her middle
- At age 41, the former photographer traded the dreaded moniker for "Sexy"
- Other name contenders included Sparkle and Sinder
Sheila Ranea Crabtree of Pataskala, Ohio, is Sexy with a capital 'S.'
That's not hyperbole. It's not an opinion. It's not an exaggeration. It's a fact.
The 41-year-old former photographer legally changed her name to Sexy Ranea (pronounced Renee) Crabtree Tuesday morning at the Licking County courthouse.
Crabtree, who has gone by her middle name since high school, says her first name came from her father, whom she has only seen a handful of times in her life. She insists the change was not rooted in any sort of rebellion.
"I've always hated Sheila" she told CNN. "Now I am free from that ugly name."
Crabtree says her husband loves her new name, which she chose over Sparkle and Sinder, because Sexy "suited (her) personality."
When asked what her mother would be calling her, she didn't hesitate. "Sexy Ranea."