Tyra Banks at a book signing

Tyra Banks Wrote a YA Sci-Fi Novel Once, and it Is Absolutely Wild

Tyra Banks is many things: a television personality, former model, businesswoman, actress, producer, and author. I’m sure we are all familiar with celebrity memoirs, and while two of Banks’ books do fit that description, she is also the author of a work of fiction. 


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In 2011, Tyra Banks published a young adult sci-fi adventure entitled Modelland. On the conception of the novel, Banks said:


I’m always dreaming up ideas, like when the words “modeling boarding school” floated into my head while I was driving on the FDR highway in Manhattan. I wrote them down in a little notepad and, five years, thousands of pages and dozens of writing getaways later, I finally get to call myself the author of Modelland.


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In a word, Modelland is bananas. The novel’s heterochromic protagonist, Tookie de la Crème (yep) finds herself recruited by the highly-exclusive mountaintop modeling boarding school Modelland (yep) and given a chance to become one of the seven new members of esteemed modeling group, the Intoxibellas (yep). I haven’t read it, but what I have gathered from the book synopses scattered across the internet is that the book spreads the message that difference is beauty, as Tookie (described as “awkward-looking”) finds herself one of four girls at Modelland who do not fit within the standard beauty paradigm.


The book was meant to be the first installment in a proposed trilogy, yet given that the book was published quite a while ago, and there does not seem to be any news of a sequel to date, it may be safe to assume that we will never know the next stage of Tookie’s story. Tragic. In fact, when I attempted to find Modelland‘s page on its publisher’s website, I encountered this message:


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If you’d like to get a taste of just how nuts this book is, check out this insightful article from Mashable: 10 Brain-Melting Quotes from Tyra Banks’ YA Sci-Fi Novel. 


Modelland may be Banks’ only novel, but it is not her only book; she has also authored Perfect Is Boring:
10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, And Being a Boss
, and Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out.


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