The Stress of Writing A Bestselling YA Fantasy Novel Gave Tyra Banks Alopecia
Prepare for some world class motivation: Tyra Banks (yes, that Tyra Banks) has a book out called Modelland that reached the New York Times bestseller’s list for children’s chapter books. It has since fallen out of the ranks, but the fact remains that this model-turned-author laid the smack down on the literary world by proving literally anyone can play this game.
Let’s be honest with each other here: if you read five years ago that Tyra Banks was working on a book you’d roll your eyes at the very notion. If you read that her main protag would be going by the handle of Tookie De La Crème…well, insert your own WTF moment.
Other awesome character names include: Theophilus Lovelaces, Zapressa Zarionneaux, and Myrrical.
Just in case she’s making this look too easy, Tyra admits to some difficulty regarding the writing process as she was essentially doing it between her America’s Next Top Model hosting gig and attending Harvard Business School. (That can't be right, can it?) The process wasn’t without negative residuals:
"Honestly, chilling for me was eating a meal. I couldn't just look at the ocean. And in hindsight that wasn't healthy. How can I say this without tearing up? I got a little alopecia from the stress," she said.
Alopecia? I thought that shit was a wig?
In all seriousness, I commend the woman for trying a new field, and I give her props for making NYT’s bestsellers, but let’s be realistic here- if you’re a celeb, you pretty much write your own literary ticket. My hope is that her influence sways a few young women in the world to the realm of literature. We’ve got enough vapid models running around.
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