Tyra Banks Inks Book Deal, Will Publish First Novel in 'Modelland'

By Alexis Sezar on May 11, 2010

Tyra Banks, book, deal, novel, series, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2010HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Tyra Banks is added another title to her already huge résumé: author.

The 36-year-old media mogul will publish her first novel, Modelland, as part of of three-book series with Delacorte Press, the publisher announced Tuesday.

Modelland, which will hit bookshelves in summer 2011, is the story of a teen girl in a make-believe society who finds herself competing for a way of life that's both hotly desired and woefully out of reach at an academy for Intoxibellas, the most exceptional models known to humankind. As the plot unfolds, readers will uncover lessons that are buried beneath the surface of this magical world.

The premise of the three-part fantasy series is deeply rooted in Banks's core mission of expanding the definitions of beauty.

"We're delighted to partner with Tyra," said Beverly Horowitz, Vice President and Publisher, Delacorte Press. "Tyra is passionate about reading and in Modelland she combines a powerful and positive message with a fun and surreal story that will resonate with readers of all ages."

Banks also expressed her excitement in a message posted on her official Web site.

"Modelland has always been a part of my mind and my heart," she wrote. "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!

Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children's Books, the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher.

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