Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
October 26, 2014

Ebola Cases Top 10,000

John Moore via Getty Images

Is Boko Haram Able To Make Peace?

Boko Haram Chibok Video
ASSOCIATED PRESS

St. Louis Cop Shot Vonderrit Myers 6 Times In Back Of Legs: Family Autopsy

Vonderrit Myers
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

This Is What Pollution Looks Like In Your World

Pollution Callout
doobooda / EyeEm

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Jackie Robinson 42
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ferguson Investigation To Be Completed In Coming Months, Attorney General Says

Michael Brown
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Lupita Nyong'o Seeks Preservation Of Virginia Slave-Trade History

Lupita Nyongo
Andrew Goodman via Getty Images

12 Reasons Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass

Jamaica Kincaid
Mail Today via Getty Images

A Racial Disparity Among Working Artists

Painting White
Paper Boat Creative via Getty Images

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs

Black Person Angry Eyes
Raido VAljamaa via Getty Images

Will Judge Jump Into Fight Over Georgia Voter Registration?

Abrams
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amnesty: Ferguson Police Committed Human Rights Abuses

Ferguson
AP

Entire School Holds Early Graduation For Teen With Cancer

Graduation
KLTV

Current And Former NFL Players Say 'No More' To Domestic Violence

Nfl
Patrick Coffee

Alarming Actions Of School Officials Allowed Academic Fraud

Carol Folt North Carolina
ASSOCIATED PRESS

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

3418198
Jack Delano/Library Of Congress

Report: Chicago Police Are Getting Away With Brutality

Chicago Police
Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

New Orleans Biennial 'Prospect 3' Leads The Way In Diversity

Here

NYC Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

New York City
Steve McBeath via Getty Images

Young People Show World There's More To Haiti Than Poverty

Women Artist Haiti
Lucie Cincinatis/Instagram

Industry Group Tries To Rally Black Caucus Against Solar Incentives

Sun
Ross M Horowitz via Getty Images

Trump Rips 'Reckless' NYC Ebola Doc, Demands Obama Resign

Donald Trump
Paul Morigi via Getty Images

Ferguson Protester: Things Will 'Never Be The Same' If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted

Ferguson
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Chris Paul: Becoming A Mentor Like The Ones Who Helped Me Succeed

Chris Paul
NBA Cares

Do Toni Morrison's Papers Belong At Princeton Or Howard?

Toni Morrison
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Americans Are Really Confused About Which African Countries Have Ebola

Africa
David Santiago Garcia via Getty Images

12 Of The Sketchiest Things The DEA Has Ever Done (That We Know Of)

Drug Enforcement Administration Seal
MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images

WATCH
Mo'ne Davis' Chevy Ad Will Leave You With A Lump In Your Throat

Money Davis
YouTube

No Plea Deal In FAMU Hazing Death Trial

Drumline
rainaraina via Getty Images

30 Numbers That Prove Domestic Violence Is An American Epidemic

Black Woman Abuse
isitsharp via Getty Images

Darren Wilson's Lawyers Say They're Not Responsible For Leaks

Michael Brown Autopsy
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

The Quiet Beauty Of Getting Ready Every Morning

Meditation Fp
ChrisMilesPhoto via Getty Images

8 Super Weird Things You Didn't Know About Halloween

Pumpkins
WikiCommons

Tommy Davidson Weighs In On Hannibal Buress' Bill Cosby Takedown

Tommy Davidson
Andrew Toth via Getty Images

'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: What Would Annalise Keating Do?

Annalise Keating How To Get Away With Murder
Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

Adam Sandler Gets Animated About Shaq's Penis

Sandler
TBS

Why Jasmine Guy Used That Accent On 'A Different World'

Jasmine Guy Whitley Gilbert A Different World
NBCU Photo Bank

Amber Rose Tweets Sweet Message To Wiz Khalifa After Split

Amber Rose Wiz
C Flanigan via Getty Images

Dave Chappelle And Paul McCartney Are Killing Wyatt Cenac's Career

Wyatt
TBS

Halle Berry Wants You To Take Your Clothes Off

Scandale
Scandale

Comedian's Idea For New Redskins Logo: A Sunburnt White Person

Dan Snyder
Twitter

How To Look Like Gugu Mbatha-Raw's 'Elle' Cover

Gugu Mbatha Raw
Paola Kudacki for ELLE

Marching Band Covers Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies,' Deserves A Ring On It

Fsu Single Ladies
YouTube / Karrissa Wimberley

Kanye West Takes Kim Kardashian On Surprise Birthday Getaway

Kim Kanye
Chelsea Lauren via Getty Images

Zoe Saldana Wants This Word To Disappear

Zoe Saldana
Albert L. Ortega via Getty Images

Alfonso Ribeiro Injured Doing The Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro Fresh Prince
NBC via Getty Images

CaCee Cobb And Donald Faison Expecting Second Child

Cacee Cobb Donald Faison
Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Revisit The Grit And Glamour Of '70s and '80s NYC

Angel

'Racism Insurance' Is The Full Coverage Policy A LOT Of People Need

Racism Insurance
YouTube / Dear White People

Exploring The Graffiti Hidden In New York's Abandoned Military Base

Tilden

Hannibal Buress Opens Up About Bill Cosby Rape Jokes

Hannibal Buress
Cindy Ord via Getty Images

13-Year-Old Kim K Answers All Your Questions

Kim K
Youtube

London Richards Is Your New R&B Obsession

London Richards
Jared Thomas

Tyra Banks: 'Top Model' Diva to Release Line of Young Adult Books

Comments (13)



After cashing in $30 million as the top-grossing woman on Forbes magazine's prime-time television list in 2009, former supermodel Tyra Banks recently banked a three-book deal with Random House imprint Delacorte Press.

According to reps, the deal will publish the sometimes actress' series of young adult fantasy books titled 'Modelland' and will be her first venture into the world of fiction.

As for how the 'America's Next Top Model' producer made the transition from runway beauty to the bookshelf, it all stems from her untapped artistic side.

"I have this notebook I write everything in and started working on titles and breaking down characters," she revealed to Variety. "And I kept going and going. I knew I didn't want it to be some autobiography; I wanted to create a fantastical place."

"I wanted to make the project a little more what my brand is, and give [readers] an experience that they haven't seen when it comes to this modeling world."

Banks' fictional tome revolves around a teen who manages to get into an exclusive modeling academy that has a reputation for attracting the most exquisite models. Following her acceptance into the organization, she finds herself trapped in being accepted by other members.

As for Tyra's potential interests in bringing 'Modelland' to the silver screen via her production company, Bankable Enterprises, the chances are likely.

"I'm not writing the books as scripts," she noted. "I'm writing true literature, which can then be adapted into film by Bankable," adding that she has already received interest from a few Hollywood studios.

If all goes well, the business venture would complete Banks' "third phase" of Bankable Enterprises.

"I went from being a model to creating a production company," she added. "The third phase is Bankable Enterprises, which is not just TV production, but also film and working to create a beauty Web portal."

'Modelland' hits bookstores in 2011.
http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dataUrlNodes=uiConfig,feedConfig,entry&id=880393&pid=880392&uts=1273618930
http://cdn.channel.aol.com/cs_feed_v1_6/csfeedwrapper.swf

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Tyra Banks was a veteran of the catwalk and a bona fide supermodel by the time she was snapped at the 26th Annual NAACP Awards in 1994. The runway diva, then just 21 years old, was rocking a simple but stylized gypsy look, complete with long beaded necklace, scarf and romantic curls.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

By 1997, Miss Banks had a burgeoning movie and television career to supplement her modeling income. Despite her growing fame, she still had a youthful, fun-loving style, which is apparent in this casual denim outfit paired with sneakers and a skully.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Don't let the casual outfits fool you -- Tyra knew how to turn on the glam. Here she is in a slinky white evening gown at the 1997 ESPY Awards. Soon enough, Tyra would move away from the sleek hair and understated makeup and toward something a bit more dramatic.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

They say if you've got it, flaunt it. That's exactly what Miss Tyra was doing in 1999 with a barely-there bandeau top and a skin-tight long skirt. Over the years, Tyra has taken some flack in the tabs for her fluctuating weight, but back when she was in her modeling prime, she was eager to show off the banging bod.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

In 2003, Tyra was moving away from modeling completely in order to pursue her television career. Here she is at a UPN event promoting her show 'America's Next Top Model' in a comfy capris-and-jacket combo. Someone must have forgotten to notify her shoes that the theme of the outfit was casual!

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Remember that elegant and understated model at the 1997 ESPYs? She's now morphed into a larger-than-life, uber-successful reality show producer whose crazy makeup and extensive hair pieces add an over-the-top, distinctly Tyra flair to her glamorous gown at the 2004 Vibe Awards.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

The red hair, crazy makeup and goblin-green dress that T.B. wore to the 2004 NAACP Image Awards call to mind Poison Ivy from 'Batman,' but if anyone can pull off the sexy-comic-book-villian look on the red carpet, it's her.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Tyra toned down the bright hair and neon colors at the 'America's Next Top Model' season finale party in 2005, but she upped the cleavage factor. The feminine flowers on her dark dress contrast -- in a good way -- with the sexy fit and simple 'do.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Was Ty's fashion rockin' at the 2005 Fashion Rocks Show? Our opinion doesn't matter -- one look at Miss Banks's face tells us she knows she looks good in her low-cut embellished dress and shiny leather knee boots.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation

Every star has her hits and misses, and this corset paired with unflattering black pants and a dowdy flower pin was a definite miss in 2006.

Tyra Banks Fashion Transformation


Comments: (13)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 2

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."