Tyra Banks Is Opening A Modelling Themed Theme Park Called 'Modelland' For Some Reason

No word as of yet on any 'Life Size' tie-ins.

Thanks to Varietywe now know what Tyra Banks’ next business venture will be: a modelling-themed theme park in Santa Monica, California.

The theme park will be called ‘Modelland’, and is set to open later this year. Variety describes it as a “multi-level 21,000 sq. ft space, which will include retail and dining options”, so it kind of just sounds like a mall. Tyra, did you confuse theme parks with malls again?

The venture is part of her plan to “bring modelling to the masses”, as she explained to Variety:

“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. But not the exclusive modeling industry. I’m talking about modeling for the masses.”

I’m pretty sure they already tried that ‘modelling for the masses’ thing, and the result was those ‘Model Search’ contests that were everywhere about ten years ago.

To be fair to Tyra, it probably just sounds like a mall because they’re keeping the attractions under wraps for now, to build suspense, or something. But giving us a vague idea of what model-themed things your model-themed theme park might actually have would be helpful.

‘Modelland’ is named after her 2010 young adult novel of the same name, which was described by one reviewer as “the craziest book ever”. Not sure if that’s a compliment or not.

Modelland’s website doesn’t tell us anything either, although it does link to a press release filled with buzzwords:

“With Modelland, Banks creates a new world of storytelling and adventure in a grand, fantastical, physical place where all expressions of beauty are celebrated. The multi-level ticketed experience invites all visitors to redefine what a model really is and for people to be the dream versions of themselves. Each will undertake a transformational journey to celebrate their unique beauty. Modelland is a flagship, permanent destination with a global strategy to expand worldwide.”

Again, there are no details on how this definitely-not-a-mall multi-levelled ticketed experience will resemble a theme park, or how visitors will be able to undertake their transformational journeys. Will Tyra be there to provide mildly traumatising makeovers? Will she send unsuccessful participants home empty-handed?

So far, nobody knows. If you happen to know, please tell me. The suspense is killing me.

This Italian Streetwear Label Just Debuted A Pokémon Line At Milan Fashion Week And I Never Knew How Much I Needed Jigglypuff Boots Until Now

If you can't afford anything else, there's always Pikachu socks.

Italian streetwear label GCDS, or ‘God Can’t Destroy Streetwear’ (was he trying to?), debuted their Spring/Summer 2019 line at Milan Fashion Week earlier this week, and it’s every 90’s kid’s dream.

Several models walked the runway decked out in some amazing Pokémon inspired pieces, including jumpers, playsuits, thigh-high boots and socks.

One of the models even had Pikachu makeup on, which looked a little more creepy than cute. Another had what I think are supposed to be Pikachu’s ears on her head, but the ones I bought from EB Games are much more accurate, tbh.

These are the key Pikachu pieces:

(Why does Pikachu look so sad on the jumper? I want to give him a hug.)

And these are the key Jigglypuff pieces:

(Of course Jigglypuff is angry, it’s her natural state!)

There were also Pikachu thigh-high boots:

And the Jigglypuff ensemble really is a sight:

The line hasn’t been released yet, but all of the pieces are ready-to-wear, so they should be available from GCDS’ website eventually. Since they’re not out yet, we don’t know how much everything will cost, but you can expect to pay over $500 for the jumpers and the playsuit, and over $600 for the boots.

This isn’t the brand’s first appeal to the nostalgic children in all of us: their last collection included a bunch of Disney/Mickey Mouse items.

In addition to all the Pokémon cuteness, the brand also had models walking the runway who were sporting…three breasts? Are we in the Year 3000?!

I’m scared and confused. I think I’ll just stick to admiring the Pokémon boots.

You can watch the entire show on YouTube, triple-breasted models and all, if you’re keen.

(Header photo courtesy of GCDS)

A Victoria's Secret Model Tries To Relate To Models Of Colour Who Are Talking About Racism By Talking About The Struggle Of Being Blonde

I have such severe secondhand embarrassment right now.

Model Devon Windsor has quickly made a name for herself after a video of her has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. In the video, which is a clip from the E! show Model Squad, Windsor joins a conversation several other models are having about racism in the fashion industry.

The models of colour discussing the issue included Ping Hue and Australia’s own Shanina Shaik. Windsor and Olivia Culpo sat down and asked the group what they were talking about, to which Hue responded “Diversity!”

Hue further addressed Windsor and Culpo when she said “I know it’s super hard to relate to”, because really, if you haven’t experienced being rejected from a job because of your skin colour, there isn’t really a comparable experience.

This is where the conversation takes a wild turn. After Shanina talks about being bullied because of her skin colour and black girls being excluded from Fashion Week shows in Milan, Windsor assures them that she can relate because she’s lived all over Europe.

“I literally fucking went through hell, and literally lived different countries every other month”, which was apparently incredibly difficult because she “didn’t speak that language, didn’t speak Paris, didn’t speak Italian.”

I speak Paris. ‘Hon hon hon’. See?

Hue responded with “I don’t think you can relate to the turmoils of being different”, to which Windsor replied, “Do you know how hard it is to be blonde? I have to get a highlight every month!”

Girl…what? How could anyone think it makes sense to compare living all over Europe and getting highlights with dealing with racism? Talk about tone deaf.

If you ever find yourself in a situation like that, the best thing to do is just listen. You don’t need to find a personal anecdote so you can empathise; you should be able to sympathise with people who’ve dealt with racism even without a tenuous personal connection to their struggle.

Windsor has since apologised, via a statement written in the Notes app (why is that the go-to for celebrity statements these days?), saying, “It goes without saying, that the comments in the show are incredibly insensitive.”

From the sounds of her apology, parts of what she said were a joke, but it’s not clear whether all of it was, or what. I’d like to think nobody would compare moving around Europe or getting highlights to dealing with racism, but the world continues to surprise and confound me.

Hue’s response at the end of the video is the best part, btw. She says “Oh my god, small violin” and later laughs about it, adding “she said that” in her one-on-one at the end of the episode. She said that, she really did.

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