People reported Thursday that the former "America's Got Talent" host and "America's Next Top Model" creator, 45, is casting real-life people for the project, which is inspired by her 2010 book, "Modelland," and her upcoming theme park of the same name.
"I wrote a book, 'Modelland,' many years ago and this graphic novel is based on that, but different," Banks said of "Modelland," a young adult novel inspired by her own life.
"We wanted to do a graphic novel because we feel like the audience is very visual, so we want to tell the story with visuals in a medium that they can connect with," she explained.
"I'm not sure if my core family of fans and the future Modelland family of fans are comic book readers so I said let's flip it on its head and use real people who will be used in the graphic novel, through a combination of photographs and drawings."
Banks described the graphic novel as "Comic Couture," or "high-fashion meets comic illustration."
The project will feature a diverse cast of characters.
"We are dropping new characters every day at 10 a.m. [through Monday] and they are all very diverse and we are casting for each of them," Banks said.
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Banks announced Thursday on Instagram that she is looking for people to play young and older versions of a character named Tookie.
She is seeking someone who "looks high school age" for the older Tookie and someone who "looks 6-9" for the younger version.
"Go to @modelland now for a chance to be cast as Tookie for our graphic novel!" the model wrote.
Banks announced plans in February for Modelland, a new modeling-themed attraction in Santa Monica, Calif.
She said the theme park will feature entertainment, technology, retail and dining.
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