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OTRC: Tyra Banks reportedly finds new love interest

Tyra Banks speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her book 'Modelland' in September 2011.

Tyra Banks went on a trip and came back with a little more than just fond memories.

Banks, a 38-year-old model and businesswoman, recently took a trip to Asia and came back with ... a love interest. According to People magazine, Banks found romance while on the excursion.

"It's a total long-distance romance," a source told People of Banks's new Balinese love interest. "But it's a big deal."

The trip to China was to tape the latest season of "America's Next Top Model" and Banks went right before the holidays. According to the magazine, Banks traveled back to New York after the taping, and flew right back to Bali to spend the holidays with her mystery flame.

Banks was recently involved with Brooklyn businessman John Utendahl for three years before the pair split in early December 2011.

A rep for Banks would not comment on her new romance.

In 2011, Banks penned her own fantasy novel, "Modelland," which she said provides valuable lessons for aspiring models who may face "monsters," including sexual predators, in real life.

The novel depicts the adventures of Tookie De La Crème and several other girls in a mysterious and dangerous realm and is based loosely on Banks' experiences in the modeling world. She began her modeling career as a teenager.

Aside from her acting, modeling and writing endeavors, the personality is also enrolled in Harvard's Business School program. Banks went on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and told the host, "Jimmy, it is so. Damn. Hard."

The program, called the Owner/President Management Program, costs around $33,000 per week, but the model hopes it will help in her managing her own production company, Bankable Productions. She hopes to graduate in February 2012.

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