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. 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.
His first tattoo: Two Chinese symbols in his early 20's. How many tattoos: Lost count at 34. "...As a kid, I always said, 'When I grow up, I'm going to get me a tattoo,'I wanted to be a rebel. If I had to take them off, the two I'd leave are my son's name, Jordan, and Patrick, my brother who passed away. If I have more kids, I'm going to need more neck room. I don't want them to get jealous
"A lot of actors nowadays have tattoos, and directors find ways to shoot around them. And if I get a tan, you can hardly see them. I tan really easily. When I was modeling in exotic locations, people didn't even know I had them"..."My son is 7 and has such pretty skin. I told him that I think I have enough tattoos for both of us. I'm, like, "Please don't come down this road." I feel the same way that I think my mom felt: "That's a product of me. Don't deface my product"