A bakery, wellness space, and even a planetarium: Tyra Banks reveals elaborate plans for new office… but it's not all just for her
19:35 GMT, 14 June 2012
Tyra Banks: The model aims to empower young women and support female entrepreneurs
Most people are satisfied with just a desk and computer, but Tyra Banks new office will include a bakery, studio space, wellness center and a planetarium within its 30,000 square feet.
The elaborate new building plans were revealed to be part of the new Lower Eastside Girls Club, where her offices will be based.
The supermodel and philanthropist announced the new partnership of her TZONE Foundation with The Lower Eastside Girls Club – a move that will see her work right alongside underprivileged young women.
The building, being constructed on Avenue D, will be a centre for girls aged 8-23 who 'can grow, learn, have fun, with confidence.'
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New building: The supermodel is moving her office into the currently-being-built Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D
Girls only: Previously at a smaller address, The Lower Eastside Girls Club has been delivering arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs since 1996
Ms Banks has long been vocal about broadening the perception of beauty within, and outside of, the fashion industry.
She told the New York Times: 'My dream was to have a place that was brick and mortar, where they could build on that experience all the time.
'What I don’t want to be is Tyra, the “celebrity girl,” coming here and the girls being excited when they see me.'
Empowering young women: The supermodel will revive her TZONE Foundation, which began in 1999 as summer camps to build self-esteem among girls
She added: 'I want them to be numb to me. I can do normal work here and they can see me, to know that this is what a business is. It’s not about living on a red carpet. I am a businesswoman who goes to work every single day.'
Previously at a smaller address, The Lower Eastside Girls Club has been
delivering arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs since
1996, to girls who otherwise would not have the the tools to
'build their future'.