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Tyson Beckford

Born : 19 December 1970
City : The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
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Tyson Beckford Biography

Early life

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

Born: December 19, 1970 (age 43), The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Height: 1.84 m
Nationality: American
Parents: Lloyd Beckford, Hillary Dixon Hall
Children: Jordan Beckford

Career

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

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.

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.

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.

Personal life

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. 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.

Beckford has been a resident of the New Jersey communities of Edgewater and West New York.

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. He split from his long-time girlfriend Shanina Shaik in 2013.

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.

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