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Modelland - the FIERCE NEW NOVEL BY TYRA BANKSIS OUT!
No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crme isnt expecting an invitation. Modellandthe exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountainnever 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 dont make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.
Thrown into a world where she doesnt seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hersif she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Along the way, she learns all about friendship, courage, laughter and what it feels like to start to believe in yourself.
When you enter the fantastical world of Modelland, you'll see that Tookie was inspired by Tyras life as a supermodel. All those crazy and wild adventures Tookie has with her friends? Some of them were ripped straight from the headlines of Tyras life! Tyra knows all about beauty and fashion and fierceness, and she shares everything here in MODELLAND. Its fun, zany, and 100 bazillion-percent Tyra.
You dont want to miss Tyras amazing new novel!
From the moment the idea for Modelland came to me while driving down the FDR to the second my editor said, "Pencils down, Tyra," five long years passed, but Modelland finally made its way into the world. Once the novel hit the shelves, I began smizing from ear to ear and then embarked on a five-city tour to bring Modelland to my fam. (I call them fams not fans because they are family to me!) In between Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, and New York, I found one common theme between everyone that came to see me. In every city, young girls shared fears and questions on how to accept their appearances and how to deal with bullies who make self-love that much harder.
When I was in elementary school, I was the mean girl; I was the bully. Then I turned 11, grew 3 inches, lost 30 pounds in three months, and suddenly found that I was the one being bullied. Perhaps this action was deserved? I got the chance to see how I made other girls feel when I was the leader of the mean pack. Nevertheless, Ive seen both spectrums and want children and adults all over to realize that bullying is not ok.
On my book tour, I realized that Modelland would allow me to continue to reach young girls and push societys idea of beautiful, just like Americas Next Top Model. Anyone whos watched the show knows that I am passionate about atypical beauties, and Modelland is continuing that idea.
The campy, fun, and adventurous world of Tookie De La Crme and Modelland works to share the message of celebrating individuality and unique beauty by transporting readers to my wacky, neon magical world of fantasy, sprinkled with glimpses of my personal life, experiences, and a larger message of beauty and acceptance.
While I dreamt up Tookie, I put many of my own traits into her personality and appearance--from her forehead that goes on and on and on to her insecurity to the fact that she started modeling at 15. More importantly, I created Tookie to relate to everyone and serve as a platform for discussion regarding the fact that beauty should not be defined by clothing size, hair color, or body shape. I want my readers to connect with Tookie and her friends in Modelland--Shiraz, Dylan, and Piper--because they are different, because they are unique, and because they represent YOU.
So now I give Modelland to you and encourage you to not only enter the thrilling world, but connect with Tookie and her journey while expanding your own definition of beauty.