Supermodel: Tyson Beckford

He is one of the most famous male models in the world, and is the anchor male model for Ralph Lauren and their Polo Sport line. The man has a sculpted body, one that many of us would wish for.  Among male fashion models, there are few better known than him. And with a name like Tyson, he is likely to be the world’s most recognizable male model by name.

Growing up in Rochester drove a teenage Beckford to a life of gangs, drugs and theft. Admittedly, he would have ended up in jail sooner or later, but thankfully for him, he had a chance to leave the streets and head to the glamorous life of a male model, thanks to a twist of fate.

In 1991, an editor from the hip-hop magazine The Source found Beckford. This led to Beckford signing with a New York modeling agency, and to a life of cameras and runways. Signed exclusively to Ralph Lauren, Beckford could also add the covers of Essence and Paper, as well as fashion spreads for magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Details, Men’s Health, Vibe, and The New York Times, to his long resume.

1995 was a huge year for Beckford, who was named VH1′s “Model of the Year” and one of PeopleMagazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

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