Tyra Banks was on Good Morning America yesterday, and she was talking up her new fantasy novel Modelland, which comes out in September. And her explanation of the book's premise kind of needs to be seen to be believed.
Apparently the weird thing over her eye is called a "Smize," and if you find one, it increases your chances of getting into the top supermodel school, known as Intoxibellas, by 91 percent. Exactly. And all of the supermodels in Intoxibellas have magical powers. I love the way Tyra explains that with magic, you don't have to know what you're doing and you can just make it up as you can go along. Oh, and four girls get into Intoxibellas even though they don't conform to the school's overly rigorous beauty ideals.
Here's the fantastic book synopsis:
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. . . .