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, I’ve 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 society’s idea of beautiful, just like America’s Next Top Model. Anyone who’s 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 Crème 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.
I'd expected a short book, but it's over 500 pages long, and is the first of a trilogy.
Tyra's premise is ridiculous: All these damaged girls are fighting each other to the death not for survival, not for hunger, not for any important reason but to model?
So, I really hoped to like this book, even though I knew Tyra can be a bit much at times- I was thinking maybe it wouldn't be too bad... and it wasn't.
I personally thought that this book was very well written. Think Top Model meets Harry Potter meets insane asylum, I liked it but if thats not your cup of tea, then you probably... Read morePublished 15 days ago by marga
This might be the worst book I've ever read (or, attempted to read) in my life. I've always found America's Next Top model very entertaining, and was expecting something in the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Pam Dzwonek
I love "so bad it's good"-type things. So when I heard that Tyra Banks had written a novel about a boarding school for magical, superpowered models, I was thrilled. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ilutiern
This book is amazing!!!!It is everything I wanted it to be and very detailed hoping for a second book. I can relate to Tookie being different and odd.Love it ThoughPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was very delightful to read I was literally swiping my finger ever five seconds to see what will happen next.Published 8 months ago by Gabie
MY HEART BREAKS at the haters' evil. at the haters' blindness. at the haters' pettiness. at the haters' lack of imagination. Read morePublished 8 months ago by took kinkiki zoxor
Loved it. Creative, fun and different. Yes there may be some issues, as other reviews have mentioned, but the overall quality of the unique story shines.Published 9 months ago by Monique Morgan