Tyra Banks tries hand at fantasy novels

Tue May 11, 2010 3:04pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former supermodel Tyra Banks has signed a deal for a series of fantasy novels about the world of modeling, her publishers said on Tuesday.

Banks, the host of reality competition "America's Next Top Model" and whose own TV talk show is set to end this year, will write three books, Delacorte Press said.

She has already finished the first, called "Modelland", which is about a teen girl in a make-believe society at an academy for exceptional models called Intoxibellas. It will be published in the summer of 2011.

Writing on her web site, Banks said the book was "for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives … and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too."

Publishers Delacorte Press described "Modelland" as showcasing issues ranging from relationships to body image and empowering women of all ages.

Banks, 36, announced in January that she would be ending the Emmy-award winning "The Tyra Banks Show" later this year after five seasons to launch her own production company Bankable Studios.

She is also the host, judge and executive producer of "America's Next Top Model."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Editing by Christine Kearney)

<p>Actress/model Tyra Banks arrives at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California June 20, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>