Tyson BeckfordTyson Craig Beckford (born December 19, 1971) 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.
Beckford was born on December 19, 1971 to a Black Jamaican father of Afro-Panamanian descent and a mother of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese heritage. He grew up in Rochester, New York and attended Bay Trail Middle School in nearby Penfield, New York. He then graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in the affluent suburb of Pittsford as a participant in the Urban-Suburban Program, a busing program designed to give educational opportunities to urban youth in the city's surrounding suburban school districts. Beckford was a member of his high school football and track teams.
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