Modeling for all! Tyra Banks spilled details on an interesting new project she has in the works for an amusement park called Modelland (named after her book). The America’s Next Top Model judge revealed on Tuesday, February 5 that the project has been in the works for 10 years and could be opening sooner than later. This won’t be your typical roller coaster park, though, as the brunette beauty wants to “empower” everyone who steps through the entrance.
“Modelland is going to be a place where the modeling world meets fantasy, meets entertainment, meets technology, meets retail, meets dining, meets … your fiercest best self you could ever imagine,” the 45-year-old reality star explained to Variety.
Her venue of choice is an open-aired shopping plaza in California called Santa Monica Place. The Life-Size actress has her heart set on filling the 21,000 square foot space with shops, restaurants and all sorts of entertainment to live your best life.
“I’ve always been insanely inspired by attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios and have wanted to bring that spirit of adventure and storytelling to the world of modeling,” the newly minted mama gushed. She added, “But not the exclusive modeling industry. I’m talking about modeling for the masses.”
One of the attractions will even include a place to get all dolled up with looks from famous costume designers. She didn’t go for the “low-hanging fruit” of runway looks, instead, she said, “This is bursting the door open and redefining what a model is. It’s all about inclusiveness.”
Tyra has the same motivation to create the park as she did when she brought her reality show to life. “I created [America’s Next] Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black,” she divulged.
“My empathy for women in general increased through the experience. And now with Modelland, I’m taking it 10 steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.” Honestly, we can’t wait!