I really, really love it when fashion and libraries merge together into one super post.   I enjoy how prolific Tyra Banks is – nothing seems to hold that woman back, and I feel like she’s an inspiration to all of us. Tyra: supermodel, fashionista, reality television entrepreneur, best selling young adult novelist?  She is currently doing business school at Harvard and has a young adult series entitled Modelland coming out in September.  I don’t know where she finds the time! I’ve been trying to write a YA novel for years and I don’t have nearly as many commitments (though, ok, my MLIS was a pretty big one).

Modelland,a novel about four girls thrown into an exclusive private school for models, is loosely based on Tyra when she started modelling at the age of 15.  The summary states:

No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never 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 don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.

Are you ready? Modelland is waiting for you. . . .

and it reminds me a lot of America’s Next Top Model, as well. I look forward to reading it!

Tyra LibraryThe New York Public Library recently talked with Tyra, who wrote part of Modelland within the walls of the Rose Main Reading Room, where she said that “The library is such a great equalizer. It doesn’t take money. You can have access to anything and everything in the world and get that knowledge and that entertainment for free. Especially in our economy right now, with things being expensive and people being laid off and families having issues, to be able to come to the Library … that’s kind of amazing.”

Thank you, Tyra.  I think libraries are kind of amazing too.  Too bad that while it is “free” to the public, it does take money.

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