Tyson Beckford

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Tyson Beckford
Tyson Beckford.jpg
Tyson Beckford at FashionWeekLive in San Francisco, March 15, 2007
Born (1970-12-19) December 19, 1970 (age 49)
Modeling information
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown

Tyson Beckford (born December 19, 1970) is an American 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. Beckford has been described as one of the most successful black male supermodels of all time, achieving fame and huge contracts similar to the female models that had huge success in the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Beckford was born in Rochester, New York on December 19, 1970 to an Afro Jamaican mother, Hillary Dixon Hall and a Panamanian father of Afro Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican descent, Lloyd Beckford.

Beckford has one sister named Shanique Beckford who currently resides in New York City.

Soon after he was born, his mother took the family back to Jamaica, where they lived for seven years before returning to Rochester New York, where he attended and graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School. 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.[2]

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 and 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.[3] He was ranked at #38 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

He is one of the hosts for the Anglo-Irish version of Next Top Model.

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.[8] 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.[9]

Beckford has been a resident of the New Jersey communities of Edgewater[10] and West New York.[8]

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.[11][12] Beckford is an Ambassador for the non-profit Kick 4 Life, an organization that uses the power of soccer to engage vulnerable youth in holistic care and support in Lesotho.



Year Title Role
2000 Boricua's Bond
2001 Zoolander Himself
2002 Trois 2: Pandora's Box Lance Racine
2002 Gully Man / Prisoner
2003 Biker Boyz Donny
2004 Gas Karl
2005 Searching for Bobby D Jerome
2005 Into the Blue Primo
2005 Wait Charles
2007 Kings of the Evening Homer Hobbs
2008 Hotel California Al
2010 Dream Street
2014 Addicted Corey
2014 Sharon Leal: Giant
2015 Chocolate City Adrian 'Rude Boy'
2016 Supermodel Alex


Year Title Role
2002 My Wife and Kids Hunter, 2 episodes
2003 Half & Half Sexy Guy, 1 episode
2005 Video on Trial Motorcyclist, episode #1.7
2007 America’s Next Top Model Himself
2014 SWV Reunited Himself
2015 The Characters Himself
2019 Huge in France Himself

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
1992 "Anything" SWV
1993 "Breathe Again" Toni Braxton
1993 "Go West" Pet Shop Boys
1994 "Slow Down" Trisha Covington
1995 "Ice Cream" Raekwon
1995 "My Up and Down" Adina Howard
1995 "One More Chance" The Notorious B.I.G.
1996 "Unbreak My Heart" Toni Braxton
1997 "Anywhere You Want" Simbi Khali
1998 "Horse and Carriage" Cam'ron
1998 "What'cha Wanna Do?" Mia X
1998 "The Way It's Going Down" Shaq
1998 "Raise the Roof" Luke
2003 "21 Questions" 50 Cent
2003 "Act a Fool" Ludacris
2003 "Say How I Feel" Rhian Benson
2004 "Toxic" Britney Spears
2007 "China Wine" Sun aka Geisha
2008 "How It Was Supposed to Be" Ryan Leslie
2008 "Go Hard" DJ Khaled
2014 "With Your Love" Yola Araujo
2015 "Infinity" Mariah Carey


  1. ^ "BEST Tyson Beckford Model Bio: Chinese Ethnicity, Parents, Mother, Father Lloyd, Nationality, Age, Height". Arogundade.
  2. ^ "Tyson Beckford’s Workout Regimen for the Runway" Archived 2015-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 28 May 2015
  3. ^ "Tyson Beckford - Profile". Models.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  4. ^ Notedguys.com Archived 2009-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Send a celebrity voice message". GiveRespect.org. September 2008.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Make Me a Supermodel' Returns With Tyson, New Judges". Zap2it. Retrieved 7 Jan 2009.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (June 7, 2005). "Tyson Beckford injured in New Jersey truck accident". USA Today. Retrieved 23 Sep 2007.
  9. ^ "Beckford Sobs As He Recalls Car Blaze". Contact Music. October 21, 2005. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Weiner, Jonah (June 2005). "Miss Thing". Blender. Retrieved July 3, 2007. Edgewater, New Jersey — home to Tyson Beckford
  11. ^ "Candy Girls". EOnline. Retrieved 16 Feb 2013.
  12. ^ "TV Stylist Reveals Beckford Is Her Son's Father". Retrieved 8 June 2009.

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