Modelland: Olsen Twins Ditch Tyra Banks Novels at Housing Works
Housing Works Bookstore: Did The Olsen Twins Just Ditch Their Copies of Tyra Banks' Book?
Housing Works Bookstore received a strange donation on April 5, 2012: two copies of Tyra Banks' novel Modelland. The books were signed by Tyra Banks, and included personalized notes to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The message from Tyra to Mary Kate Olsen reads, "I'm so excited to share my fantasy novel, Modelland, with you. I hope you enjoy it! Stay fierce and fabulous! -Tyra"
The message to Ashley Olson reads, "So excited to share my fantasy novel, Modelland, with you. I hope you enjoy it! SMIZE! -Tyra"
"Smize", by the way, refers to smiling with the eyes.
If the notes inside the books are legit, then Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen just donated their copies of Modelland to Housing Works, which donates its profits to charities that fight AIDS and homelessness.
Otherwise, some clever individual is punking Housing Works, and, by extension, their legions of Tumblr fans.
Housing Works Bookstore is on Crosby Street just below Houston, if you want to swoop in and grab two copies of Modelland for $100.
Reviews of Modelland are split, depending on reviewers' opinions of Tyra Banks. However, even one of the five-star reviews warns, "If you despise made-up words, don't pick this book up."
Modelland is over 550 pages long.