September 23, 2011 04:17:58 GMT
The host/creator of 'America's Next Top Model' makes the confession before signing copies of her 'Modelland' novel at Barnes and Noble Union Square in New York City.
Tyra Banks was not as lucky as fellow supermodel Gisele Bundchen when it comes to traffic violations. While Gisele got a verbal warning for driving 70 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone recently, Tyra confessed that she has gotten speeding tickets for her previous run-ins with the law.
"I've gotten tickets [laughs]," the 37-year-old told OK! magazine before signing copies of her "Modelland" novel at Barnes and Noble Union Square in New York City, "they continue to write the ticket and say 'thank you, Miss Banks, I really adore your show. Make sure you pay that fine, and if you don't want that on your record, why don't you go to traffic school?' I've definitely gotten tickets before."
During the chat, Tyra also talked about how she felt upon learning that her first novel earns rave reviews. "I feel so good, because you never know," she said. "I've been with Modelland for five years, working on it and polishing it, and having tearful episodes of feeling like I'm not going to meet my deadline."
The host/creator of "America's Next Top Model" continued, "To have it finally be out and see people come to an event is very humbling, and I have to distance myself - take myself out of my body - to walk out there, or else I'll start crying."
"Modelland" is the first of a three-book young adult series that follows an awkward teen named Tookie De La Creme who gets invited to attend an elite academy. On what she expects from it, Tyra said, "Hopefully young girls are feeling so empowered by Tookie De La Creme, and they're walking around feeling like they are Tookie, and that they can appreciate their beauty that they see reflected in the mirror."