Supermodel, actress, television host, and author. Tyra Banks is the multitalanted and extremely gorgeous face of the smize. She is the perfect combination of lethal intelligence and drive. The girl has studied at Harvard after all.
Tyra has become a mogul in her own right and far out lasted her fellow supermodels in the fame department. She's an American presence.
Tyra's show has been replicated, but never duplicated. Never forget Naomi Campbell's similar attempt with The Face. I'm not convinced anyone watches it, even though Naomi is a queen. Naomi even stole away America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker to host it. That's some bad blood right there.
Naomi might have been on the cover of Vogue, but Tyra has a successful franchise. And, let's not forget that trashy talk show of her's aptly titled The Tyra Show.
As much as Naomi might not want to admit it, she's a little jealous. Being in Burberry ads with Joan Smalls isn't enough. Tyra has a film career. Never forget her classic role in Coyote Ugly or her lead role in Life Size opposite Lindsay Lohan. And, trust that I have seen every episode she was in on Gossip Girl. Especially when Hilary Duff guest starred.
Now you will not believe what I finally got around to doing. Reading Tyra Bank's debut novel Modelland. It is young adult and that is a good thing.
The voice in this book is Tyra. The book revolves around these four conventionally unattractive girls who are admitted into the exclusive Modelland. This is a magical land. They might be sacrificed to enhance the beauty of the other girls. They might fall in love.
It promotes body positivity. And, that were all “special”. It's over five hundred pages and that's not a bad thing. This is a young adult 563 pages. Some of the writing is wooden, some of it's not quite solid. HOWEVER, this is her first novel and I think she slayed it. Even if most of the characters are less then likeable. Particularly the lead narrator driven Tookie. She's indecisive and whiny.