Tyson Beckford fashion model
December 19, 1970
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
39 in | 99 cm
37 in | 93 cm
32 in | 81 cm
12 US | 46 EU
Tyson Beckford was born in Rochester, New York, United States, on December 19, 1970, is an American hot male model. He was discovered by model scout Jeff Jones in New York's Washington Square Park in 1992. He is best known for his work with Ralph Lauren, modelling for the brand for five years. Long time highly ranked on Supers Men List by models.com. Tyson appeared in music videos for Toni Braxton's Unbreak My Heart and Britney Spears' Toxic. He is also known as a actor appeared in films Boricua's Bond (2000), Zoolander (2001), Pandora's Box (2002), Biker Boyz (2003), Gas (2004), Searching for Bobby D (2005), Into the Blue (2005), Kings of the Evening (2008), Hotel California (2008), Dream Street (2010), Addicted (2014) and Chocolate City (2015). Beckford's hobbies include racing and cars. He is of Afro-Asian descent. Lives in Harlem, New York City and Jamaica.
Appeared in fashion magazines And Men Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Attitude, 7TH Man, V Man, WWD Magazine, Vogue, GQ, New York Times, Details, Paper and Essence.
Appeared in advertising campaigns for Barneys, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo.
Walked runway for Greg Lauren, H&M, amfAR.
Represented by agencies New York Soul Artist Management, Milan d'management group, Hamburg PMA.
I remember walking into Ralph Lauren for the first time, and seeing only white guys there. I was the only black guy in the whole casting. And they'd give me that look, like what are you doing here.
People think you’re like, you whisk around a fancy car. Like, nah, I used to take the train to go shoot Ralph Lauren ads. It’s not all that glamorous, but the pay-off is great.
In fashion, there's a lack of strong male images. And there's a huge lack of strong African American images. I noticed over the past thirteen years, Ralph and those guys have used guys that looked similar to me. And I was happy for those guys, but eventually I said, 'Enough is enough, I'm just going to go in and take my job back.'
People still come up to me. Little kids come up and say, "Hey! You were in Zoolander!" It's like, "How old are you? How do you know about Zoolander?" To me, it's amazing, and I would love to do it again.