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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.


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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.


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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."


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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”


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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

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Anyone who's a regular to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre will know that it's been undergoing serious refurbishments over recent months, but that's nothing in comparison to what's to come.

According to emerging reports this afternoon, the centre, which first opened its doors to the public in October 1998, has been granted planning permission for even more shops and  – wait for it – an Olympic-sized rink and arena.

It is understood that the rink will accommodate 2,500 spectators and will be in a position to host international ice skating and ice hockey competitions as well as various performances.

The centre, with an address in Clondalkin, will see a major chance to its civic space, with project organisers saying: "Plans include a transformation of the Centre’s civic spaces with the addition of a major new public space equivalent to a typical European-scale Urban Plaza."

Expansions plans, which included a proposal for a multi-story carpark, were previously met with opposition back in February, so South Dublin Country Council gave developers six months to alter their plans.

The revised plans, which no longer include the carpark, have been given the official go-ahead and will, according to those behind the project, do much for the economy.

"It has the potential to create up to 450 construction employment opportunities during development approximately 1,500 full and part-time jobs upon completion, bringing the total number of people employed within the centre to over 3,700".

We can't wait!


It's the best thing ever when you're on a long journey and out of the blue, a Supermac's pops up along the motorway. 

No more starvation, no more travelling (for a while), and you can just indulge on a burger and chips. Yum.

Well, you're going to be spotting a lot more of the fast food outlet across Ireland as it is planning to open six new stops along various motorways. 

The company's founder, Pat McDonagh told the Sunday Business Post that the rise of the economy means he's making expansion plans for the next year or two.

"There’s increased employment out there and there’s a bit of confidence coming back into the market again,” he said.

The first to see its doors open is a new outlet on the Galway Plaza on the M6 in Febuary which will create between 70 to 100 new jobs. Sweet. 

That will be followed by four more restaurants along motorways in the next few years.



Following its founding on Dublin’s Mary Street back in the Sixties, Penneys has muscled its way into the likes of the UK, Germany, Portugal, and Spain.

It will also shortly open its first store in the US.

And today it was announced that the popular discount retailer will furthermore expand into Italy, following a successful launch in France 18months ago.

With the first branches opening within a year, the company says it has initially committed to three Penneys Italia stores for 2016 alone.

"The research that we've done would indicate that there is a very good market in Italy for the Primark concept," the company told Reuters

Penneys now operates in more than 250 stores in nine countries. Ireland – lucky us! – has 38 Penneys stores alone.

The largest store that Penneys, which operates as Primark elsewhere, runs is the sprawling 14,500sq metre branch in Manchester.

The first US store will be unveiled in Boston in September.