TYSON BECKFORD

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TYSON BECKFORD WILL BE APPEARING AT THE MIAMI STOP (APRIL 7) ON THE EARNEST LIVING TOUR

In a world of fashion that has been dominated by women—from the British Twiggy of the 1960s to the multiethnic Naomi Campbell of today—Tyson Beckford was not only the first black male supermodel but was also the first male supermodel of any race. As Scott Poulson-Bryant wrote in Vibe, "Fabulous females like Christy [Turlington], Linda [Evangelista] and Naomi [Campbell] used to epitomize the world of high fashion. That was until a brother bum-rushed the menswear show." In fact, Beckford has become big enough that he is now primarily known among the fashion conscious simply as Tyson. Ralph Lauren, one of the biggest fashion designers and clothing manufacturers around, has attributed Beckford's success to his "all-American look with a dramatic edge. He conveys power, style and intelligence in a very exciting way." Since 2000, Beckford has leveraged the good looks and charisma that made him a sensation on the runway into a successful career on the silver screen.