Tyra Banks Announces Plans To Open Modeling Theme Park Called Modelland!
Here’s some great news for models or aspiring models: Tyra Banks is planning to open a theme park called Modelland!
The “America’s Next Top Model” creator and former Victoria’s Secret catwalker announced the exciting news on Tuesday. Speaking with WWD, she shared that the 10 year theme park project will finally open at Santa Monica Place shopping mall later this year. Modelland will be a 21,000-square-foot, ticketed attraction, creating a fantasy version of the modeling world to let people “be the dream version of themselves” through entertainment, retail and user-generated content that can be shared.
“It’s my calling to bring modeling to the masses,” Tyra explained. “I created ‘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. 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.”
Tyra made it clear that it’s not a pop-up shop.
“It’s a permanent attraction anchoring the mall. I’m inspired by Disneyland, a place I went to a lot as a child. There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model.” She added,This is bursting the door open and redefining what a model is. It’s all about inclusiveness.”
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