Tyra Banks writing fantasy series for young people

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From Clutch Magazine:

Looks like the ambitious Tyra Banks has set her sights on “America’s Next Top Media Mogul.” After ending her successful talk show, the former supermodel scores a three-book deal with Delacorte Press for a YA fantasy series titled Modelland.

The series geared towards the tween market is scheduled for a summer 2011 release. The concept reportedly couples “Top Model” and “Harry Potter” focusing on a teen who works her way into an elite academy for “Intoxibels las”-the most exceptional models to known to humankind who have unknown powers. When there, she finds herself competing to be accepted into their world.

Tyra Banks says she choose to pen the series after offering input and notes on another project. The former supermodel states, “I have this notebook I write everything in and started working on titles and breaking down characters. I knew I didn’t want it to be some autobiography-I wanted to create a fantastical place.”

Banks says she sees the series turning into a feature franchise and there is already interest from studios. The “America’s Next Top Model” creator and producer says she’s writing true literature that can be adapted into film by her company Bankable Productions.

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