Monday, November 2, 2009

TYSON BECKFORD



 


 

Tyson Craig Beckford (born December 19, 1970) is an American model and actor, best known as a Ralph Lauren model. He is currently the host on the Bravo program Make Me a Supermodel. His mother is Afro-Jamaican and part Chinese Jamaican descent. His maternal grandfather was Chinese Jamaican and his paternal grandfather was originally from Panama. In 1992, he was recruited to hip hop magazine The Source by a talent scout, Jeff Jones, who had come across him by chance in a New York park. In 1993, Beckford was recruited by Ralph Lauren as the front model for the company's Polo line of male sportswear. Beckford was named "Man of the Year" in 1995 by the cable television music channel VH1, as well as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine. He is signed to Nous Model Management in L.A., and Independent Models in London. He was #38 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s. In 2003, he appeared on the ABC celeb reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. In September 2008, he lent his support to the National RESPECT! Campaign against domestic violence, recording a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site talking about the importance of respecting one another. He is currently co-hosting the reality series Make Me a Supermodel on the television channel Bravo with fellow supermodel Niki Taylor. The show has chosen Nicole Trunfio to join Beckford as a mentor to the model wannabes for the show's upcoming second season. New faces on the judges panel also include designer Catherine Malandrino, model Jenny Shimizu, photographer Perou and model scout Marlon. He also judged and mentored the first few episodes of the Australian version of Make Me a Supermodel with model and former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins.

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