In case you haven’t heard, Tyra Banks has penned a fantasy novel about modeling called Modelland. In fact, it’s going to be a trilogy! The release date for Modelland (Part I) is set for September 13, so she’s started promoting it in New York City and it sounds just as nutty and awesome as we’d hoped.
On Tuesday, Tyra took to the streets of New York dressed in a pink catsuit with words like “persimmon,” “bravo” and “unica” inexplicably written all over it with black suede knee-high boots. She was dressed up as Modelland’s protagonist, Tookie De La Crème.
Modelland, which is loosely based on Tyra’s life, basically sounds like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, where models replace wizards and smizes replace rings. Yes, in Modelland Tyra turned “smize” (a term she coined for her signature modeling trick: smiling with your eyes), into a real thing that you can wear on your face.
It’s a gold sparkly feather-shaped eye mask. Tyra wore one on Good Morning America yesterday and was thrilled when Robin Roberts asked her what the hell was going on with her face. Here was her explanation:
What’s up with my eye?! OK, so at Modelland, this fantasy world that I’ve created for my novel, if you find one of these, which I call a ‘smize,’ it increases your chances of getting into the most exclusive school in the entire world, the school that creates the most amazing supermodels called Intoxibellas. It increases your chances by 91 percent.
If that left you wanting more, here is the full synopsis from Amazon:
No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.
But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.
Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.
Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.
I just have two questions: 1) What happens to people who don’t become Intoxibellas? and 2) When are “smizes” going to be produced and sold? I am totally buying one.
The novel apparently took Tyra five years to complete, which isn’t surprising when you consider how many other projects she has going on, from ANTM to TypeF to attending Harvard Business School. She may be busy, but she is clearly full of imagination, and judging by this GMA segment, large amounts of caffeine. Watch!