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Tyra Banks Unveils Fantasy Novel Called "Modelland"

She may be famous for sporting a killer smoky eye while hosting her own talk show and judging America's Next Top Model, but now Tyra Banks is branching out into the literary world with a fantasy novel called Modelland. On her website, Tyra says, "I think Modelland is going to really touch the dreamer in all of us, whether you're aged anywhere from 8 to 80...I hope it's a story everyone will fall in love with."

The story takes readers to a fantasy land called Modelland where everyone wants to go because that's where models are trained. Some of the models - called Intoxibellas - have special powers, and others are just drop-dead beautiful. The story follows a group of teen girls to this magical place, even though they aren't Intoxibellas, and gives readers an insider's look at this glamorous and strange new world.

Tyra states, "Modelland has always been a part of my mind and heart. As you might know, I step into a bookstore, and I shake 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 love books with strong girls and women - you know, girls with guts, smarts and attitude." This was the inspiration for her new book, and it will be available through a new division of her own empire, Bankable Books.

Modelland will actually be a three-book trilogy and is part of a book deal with Random House. This isn't Tyra's first book. She did publish a book in 1998 called "Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out", that features tips and guides for women to make the most of their natural beauty.

A press release about the book states that Tyra's core mission is to expand the definitions of beauty. Modelland is Tyra's way of connecting with women on issues ranging from body image to relationships, and is designed to target teens and young women who are dealing with these issues in their daily lives.

The first book in the series is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011.