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First edition cover
Author Tyra Banks
Cover artist Perry Harovas and James Schmitt
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
Country United States
Language English
Series Modelland trilogy
Genre Young adult/
Science Fiction
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers/
Random House
Publication date
September 13, 2011
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 576
ISBN 978-0-385-74059-3

Modelland is a young adult novel written by model Tyra Banks, published in 2011.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

A young, awkward-looking girl by the name of Tookie De La Crème is invited to attend the legendary boarding school Modelland for a chance to join the Intoxibellas, the most celebrated models in all the world. Along the way she meets a plus-sized girl named Dylan, a 4'7" girl named Shiraz, and an albino girl named Piper. Together they form a strong bond as they face the trials and tribulations of Modelland and endeavor to find the truth about why they were all accepted to it...and why a mysterious impostor seems to want nothing more than for them to be gone.[2]


Banks has said that the inspiration for Modelland happened one day while she driving down on a street in New York City. She had been thinking about why supermodels are "super" and the idea of Modelland came to mind.[3]

She wrote on her website, talking about the idea for the book:

"I’m always dreaming up ideas, like when the words “modeling boarding school” floated into my head while I was driving on the FDR highway in Manhattan. I wrote them down in a little notepad and, five years, thousands of pages and dozens of writing getaways later, I finally get to call myself the author of Modelland."[4]

Cross media promotion[edit]

In America's Next Top Model, Cycle 17, Banks instructs the four remaining contestants in episode "Tyson Beckford" to perform as characters in the novel, in a short film based on the book, with part 1 of the film broadcast in that episode, part 2 was broadcast in the season finale.


Modelland is the first installment of a proposed trilogy.[5][6]


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