Tyson Beckford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tyson Beckford
Tyson Beckford.jpg
Tyson Beckford at FashionWeekLive in San Francisco, March 15, 2007.
Born (1970-12-19) December 19, 1970 (age 44)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Modeling information
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Measurements 40-30-35

Tyson Beckford (born December 19, 1970) is an American fashion model and actor, best known as a Ralph Lauren Polo model. He was also the host of both seasons of the Bravo program Make Me a Supermodel.

Early life[edit]

Beckford was born in Rochester, New York on December 19, 1970 to a father of Afro-Panamanian descent and a mother of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese descent. Soon after he was born his mother took the family back to Jamaica, where they lived for seven years before returning to New York, finally settling in Harlem. During his school years, Tyson was often teased about his looks.[1]


In 1992, he was recruited to hip hop magazine The Source by a talent scout, Jeff Jones, who has been credited with 'discovering' Beckford in New York City.[citation needed] In 1993, Beckford was recruited by Ralph Lauren as the front model for the company's Polo line of male sportswear.[citation needed]

Early photo of model Tyson Beckford for Ralph Lauren Corporation by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Beckford was named "Man of the Year" in 1995 by the cable television music channel VH1 & one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine. He is represented by Soul Artist Management in New York City and D'management Group in Milan.[2] He was ranked at #38 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s.[3]

In 2003, he appeared on the ABC network's celebrity reality game show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. In September 2008, he supported the National RESPECT! Campaign against domestic violence, recording a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site, speaking about the importance of respect for others.[4]

Beckford co-hosted the modeling contest Make Me a Supermodel on the television channel Bravo with fellow supermodel Niki Taylor. The show chose Nicole Trunfio to join Beckford as a mentor to the model contestants for the show's second season. Other judges included designer Catherine Malandrino, model Jenny Shimizu, photographer Perou and model scout Marlon.[5]

Beckford judged and mentored the contestants of the first few episodes of the Australian version of Make Me a Supermodel with model and former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins.[citation needed] In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On June 7, 2005, Beckford was injured following a car accident in Secaucus, New Jersey. Shortly before 5:00am, he lost control of his 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 and struck a utility pole. The vehicle caught fire immediately after the collision, but Beckford was able to pull himself out before the red pick-up became fully engulfed in flames.[7] He was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center and hospitalized for head trauma and cuts. During an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tyson claimed the accident had a profound effect on his spirituality.[8]

Beckford has been a resident of the New Jersey communities of Edgewater[9] and West New York.[7]

Beckford has a son, Jordan Beckford (born in 1998), from a previous relationship with celebrity stylist April Roomet, who appears on the E! Television program Candy Girls.[10][11] Beckford is an Ambassador for the non-profit Kick4Life (Kick4Life), an organization that uses the power of soccer to engage vulnerable youth in holistic care and support in Lesotho, southern Africa.


Music Videos


  1. ^ TYSON BECKFORD Model Biography: His Chinese Ethnicity, Parents, Mother Hilary, Father Lloyd
  2. ^ "Tyson Beckford - Profile". Models.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ http://notedguys.com/tyson-beckford/
  4. ^ "Send a celebrity voice message". GiveRespect.org. September 2008. 
  5. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Make Me a Supermodel' Returns With Tyson, New Judges". Zap2it. Retrieved 7 Jan 2009. 
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (June 7, 2005). "Tyson Beckford injured in New Jersey truck accident". USA Today. Retrieved 23 Sep 2007. 
  8. ^ "Beckford Sobs As He Recalls Car Blaze". Contact Music. October 21, 2005. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Weiner, Jonah (June 2005). "Miss Thing". Blender. Retrieved July 3, 2007. Edgewater, New Jersey — home to Tyson Beckford 
  10. ^ "Candy Girls". EOnline. Retrieved 16 Feb 2013. 
  11. ^ "TV Stylist Reveals Beckford Is Her Son's Father". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 

External links[edit]