Catwalk maven-turned-chatshow host Tyra Banks will hang up her microphone and walk away from her post as host of the Emmy-winning daytime series The Tyra Banks Show later this month, but the stunner won’t be far from our eyes, ears, or local bookstore. The departing TV personality will join the world of literature with the debut of her first novel, Modelland – a three-part book series that is the byproduct of Tyra’s recently-inked deal with Random House, Bankable Books.
“I’m so EXCITED!! I said I was going to do it, and here it is! It’s for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives… and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too. It’s my novel called Modelland (pronounced ‘Model Land”‘) that takes you to a fantastical place you’ve never seen, or heard about, or read about before… Where dreams come true and life can change in the blink of a smoky eye. ;),” Banks wrote in a message to fans posted to her personal website early Tuesday.
Tyra first book, Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out, offered women tips on how to highlight their natural beauty, and her latest literary project has been in the works for some time. The series follows a girl trying to keep up with the beauty game at an elite school for supermodels, or Intoxibellas.
“Modelland has always been a part of my mind and my heart. As you might know, I step into a bookstore and I shake (really!) because I love books so much. Ever since I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to pick up a new book and see what worlds the writers had created for me. I especially loved books with strong girls and women – you know, girls with guts, smarts and attitude – and then one day it came to me… MODELLAND! I’m getting it ready for you through my new division called Bankable Books and now I’m shaking for a different reason… I’m excited that you’ll be able to read about this magical world that’s been living in my dreams for so many years.”
Modelland will arrive on shelves next summer.