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10/21/2011 04:43 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Tyra Banks Talks 'Modelland,' Her Best-Selling Book

Tyra Banks recently added "New York Times bestselling author" to her resume, with the release of her debut novel, "Modelland."

And today, our favorite model-mogul appeared on VH1's "Big Morning Buzz" to discuss the book, which apparently has been described as "'Harry Potter,' 'Hunger Games' and 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' meets 'America's Next Top Model.'"

But as we know, literary success doesn't come easy. In the interview, she discusses the grueling creative process, telling host Carrie Keagan, "It was five years and it was crazy -- it was stress, it was tears, it was blood." She attributes her struggle with stress-induced hair loss to the project, revealing "I was on the verge of tears constantly, because of that deadline."

Tyra also talks about a traumatic childhood experience with chocolate, and to what extent "Modelland" protagonist Tookie is based on herself. Watch the full segment below.

In related news, take a look at the top 10 Victoria's Secret models of all time.

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