I’ll admit it: When I was 17 I once stood in line for an hour at a local Macy’s just to shake Tyson Beckford’s hand and get my picture taken with the too, too fine model. Back then his Polo ads decorated my walls and I’d gaze up at his Vibe magazine spread and pretty much swoon. Yes…I swooned!

But now, years after he first rocked the modeling world that was a little too pale and a little too obsessed by his “exotic” looks, Beckford spoke with London’s Evening Standard and quite frankly he came off sounding like a complete ass.

Damn, way to kill a dream TyTy*.

While I don’t know him personally, the article made me picture him sitting there flexing his muscles with a constant loop of Beyonce singing, “You must not know ’bout me…” in his head.

When the reporter asked Beckford about the fashion world, he talked about the fickleness of the industry.

“It’s all BS,” he says. “You have to recognise the fashion industry can be ugly, mean and shallow. One day you’re invisible, the next you’re fabulous.”

I was totally with him there, but then Beckford used his Australian Victoria Secret model girlfriend (yes…all of that) as an example of how you can go from nobody to somebody in a matter of months.

“When I found her she was a regular girl. I helped place her with the right people, get her teeth cleaned, her body toned up,” he told the interviewer. “Everything changed and now everyone wants a piece of her. I hear people say, ‘You can do better than Tyson.’ I’m like, ‘Really? Really?! I created her!’”


In case you had any doubts, Beckford has a wonderfully fabulous life full of fast bikes (that he’d happily give up sex for), a hot girlfriend (his words), and exotic jaunts with other supermodels.

“As a supermodel I go with the other supers round the world: Dubai one day, Paris the next. There’s partying. I’ll wake up in a hotel room and there are people all over the floor and I’m like, ‘Is this really happening?’ he recounts. “One time in Miami I woke up in the bathtub.”

And just in case you thought he was above dishing about his female ‘super’ counterparts, think again. “I play second fiddle to them, but that’s fine. Linda’s great, and Elle, Naomi — though I’ve seen her dark side. They all like to have fun.”

Umm….good to know.

Reading this article made me remember why I don’t follow any celebrities on Twitter–it ruins the mystery. Now, every time I see his deep, deliciously dark skin and chiseled body I won’t think, damn he looks good, but rather, damn…why didn’t he keep his mouth shut. 

Or maybe it’s me?

What do you think, Clutchettes? 


*His girlfriend calls him TyTy


  • anonymous.

    i think he’s a noodle.

    that’s it.

  • http://1stamend-kisa-kisa.blogspot.com/ kisa

    Not surprised. He is the male Naomi Campbell.

  • http://Curvatude.com Goody@Curvatude

    “i created her”? WOW!

    That was all i needed to read.

    Is his current near irrelevance getting the best of him or what?

  • bluedove

    Yeah, he ruined it for me when I heard him talk on Oprah.

  • iQgraphics

    I don’t see anything wrong with what he said.
    What else did you expect a narcissist to say?

    Some Geo political banter on world issues?

    look on a higher shelf

  • Bunni

    Oh . . .is he still around? Took me about 30 seconds to remember who he is.

  • stellaxo

    theres only one word in the english language that describes him and the extent of his worth. douchebag. my favorite part was the story about, how, one time, he woke up in a bathtub. gets me every time. Lots of people think that the college lifestyle is something that people grow out of (waking up in weird places with lots of people around, parties here and there); however when you’re rich and shallow, it just gives you an excuse to do the same. hey, what can you expect from a male model?

  • Ocean Breezy

    I have found that the more certain celebrities talk, the less appealing they become. Don’t even get me started on the ones who talk and write as if they never made it passed the 5th grade.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    That’s why I stick to my ugly swag men-they will never ever dare upstage me with bs like I mad you….WHAT?! Like forrizy rizzy?!

    Brit, I recommend you move over to Lance Gross……but girl don’t try and holler at him doe!

  • arlette

    why oh why did he open his pretty mouth, just stand there and look nice that is all he should do.

  • arlette

    yeah you are right they never let you down and never steal your spot light. maybe i should stop going for the pretty boys.

  • http://Getmeloll.blogspot.com Getmelolly

    I was on tube reading this over someone shoulder… I don’t know why I bothered straining my eyes?!!!!!

  • alldawg

    He’s telling the truth from a birds eye view. Women love to say they make boys into men, there are women walking around saying Barack Obama was nothing before he meet Michelle, and its because of her that he is El Presidente…

    My point is women dont like men who are more established than them, it’s a shot to their ego. Which also implies that SOME, AND I SAY AGAIN SOME, some BW choose men who are less established than them in order to maintain the status quo of BWE…

    He is not the black counterpart to Naomi, he’s dosent carry himself as a male diva, in fact the big difference is that he is MARRIED with kids. I wish Naomi can do that with all things considered.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ arlette,

    Ugly is where it’s at!

  • binks

    Personally I never found this dude attractive…shrugs but his ego doesn’t surprise me

  • Ocean Breezy

    I’ve never found him attractive either.

  • No

    Did he really need to throw shade at Naomi? Loose lips sink ships, TyTy.

    When Ms. Australia leaves you for some ancient billionaire/a man with more money and a smaller mouth we will see who made who!

    A grown man and father bragging about being a club kid and proud of it–what a catch!

  • Kat

    Most rappers and r&b stars are just as interesting…

  • http://www.cakefashionista.com Cake Fashionista UK

    This comment has made my day :)

  • QON


    I was thinking the same thing. The way some black women talk you would think Michelle found Barack in some dumpster in Chicago. And they would never think to give his whitr mother credit for anything. Thats why I think amoung other reasons they are so indifferent to Tiger Woods. He doesnt have a black mother a black wife or any black mistresses. They were secretly celebrating his fall from grace. Glad that white woman was going to clean his clock financially not because he cheated repeatedly but because he didnt have a single black woman around him. Better that his down fall were white so as to teach him a lesson. Same mentality that got Emmit Till killed. The wages of sin missing with white women ) should be death or at least financial ruin.

  • QoNewC

    Honestly most people arent interesting. Most people are average and below. He can at least say he has done some travelling and seen a bit of the world. Most people cant opine on political social or financial issues. Most people dont read regularly most people dont do a lot of things just the everyday basic stuff. They arent less valuable because of it.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Ditto country & western singers, pop stars rock stars indie stars, classical music performers, famous talk show hosts president obomber etc etc rar.

  • Socially Maladjusted


    “Honestly most people arent interesting. Most people are average and below.”

    Probably true -

    but wouldn’t that make average the most evolutionarily viable specimen? and by that token wouldn’t that mean that everyone alive today has the same genes which survived natural DE-selection – making us ALL average?

    eh eh?

    Think about it.



  • Socially Maladjusted

    oh and I forgot to add tv and film stars


    the kinds of zombies who watch the crap.


  • Socially Maladjusted

    I think we can all agree that no one C lutch, but for a handful of exceptionally gifted posters, is in any position to be mocking others people’s shallowness.

    Sorry (as in sorry situation) – but true.


  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    hol up so watchu saying is those like me who thrive in vanity and all things shallow, should forget about opining on his foolish shallowness? In our defense, there are different levels of shallow-his is the kind that can never get a degree, masters no PHD.

  • Mimi


  • Still In Search

    Did he do Blue Steel at the end of the interview?

  • Socially Maladjusted

    African Mami


    but your “shallowness” is playful and knowing, flirtatious, AM – which you switch on and off. A bit like how I do my “dirty but hot” crudeness.

    hee hee

    but most of em on here take themselves way too seriously –

    for no good reason.


  • http://1stamend-kisa-kisa.blogspot.com/ kisa

    @alldawg : “He is not the black counterpart to Naomi, he’s dosent carry himself as a male diva, in fact the big difference is that he is MARRIED with kids. I wish Naomi can do that with all things considered.”

    wth are you talking about? He is not the black counterpart to Naomi??? They are both Black last time I checked. You reply is not even coherent…

  • au napptural

    …I guess I’m in the minority today b/c I don’t think he said anything wrong. As someone who was know in the industry he probably did make her entire career with his contacts and advice. And yea, she’s an average white chick and he’s mad that after he helped out ppl are saying she could do better. Yea, he’s conceited but what do you expect. The man has been the toast of a shallow world for like 15 years. Clearly, he no longer has the capacity to think straight. Speaking of which, he’s is fione but I always thought he looked gay.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    If he is married, why is he talking about a girlfriend??????? He has kids? OOW children? I much prefer Naomi’s life. In fact, there is no competition between the two of them.

  • alldawg

    You two ladies hate it when a man speaks his mind freely. Hence the reason why the author suggests he needs to shut up.

    When has Tyson ever did community service?
    Or ever been know to throw a dive-tantrum in public?

    That is why I say Naomi and Tyson are not counterparts, yes they both are black however their behavior are polar opposites.

    Yes the man is married, with no oww kids. So stop with the evil black man oww kids stereo-type, I glad he didnt get caught up in that trap.

    If you choose being an international mistress to multiple men vs being a married, settled with a family. Then your right their is no competition.

  • KK


    I am seriously confused, I assumed this is a recent interview/article? If so it says girlfriend not wife, so if he is married he is definitely cheating. And saying black women like men who less established…..I really don’t think so. In my culture it is almost impossible to find a woman dating/marrying a man who is less established(I am Yoruba)

    Are you really serious? The man sounds completely unintelligent/self absorbed and those are some of the most unattractive qualities in anyone. About Tiger, the fact is that he is just physically unattractive to most women(at least that I have spoken to). As teenagers most of my friends had crushes on Boris Kodje (White mother), Terrence Howard(Biracial with white wife) and others. So please stop all this your black women this and that stuff.

  • KK

    ”They arent less valuable because of it”
    You are right, but even if one does not have ”intelligent” things to say, you can still speak with tact and decorum. A little humility never hurts either.

  • Blue

    Agreed. I didn’t see anything wrong with what he said. I feel he was just speaking his mind. I’ve heard worse.

  • Simone L

    Didn’t that bastard have chipped teeth when he started out? GTFOH. HOW DO YOU START OUT looking like something from True Blood and then you get cleaned up and all off a sudden you swear you’re amazing? MEH DUN!!!

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    “most people dont do a lot of things just the everyday basic stuff. They arent less valuable because of it.”

    I would have to respectfully disagree with you on that…

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  • Socially Maladjusted

    @Perverted Alchemist

    “most people dont do a lot of things just the everyday basic stuff.”

    are you disagreeing with this ^ bit ?


    “They arent less valuable because of it.”

    this bit ^ ?

    Btw QON: apologies, I think my reply to you was unecessary, didn’t read the last bits of your post.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    What’s up Socially Maladjusted?

    Anywho, I was disagreeing with her on the latter statement as opposed to the former. The reason being is that I value an intellectual thought process in a romantic partner over looks. As you and I both know, most beautiful women are as dumb as a bag of rocks. No shade there, that’s just the facts.

    I consider myself to be a fairly intellectual cat and I expect my significant other to be the same. I will not tolerate holding a conversation with someone if we are not into the same things or on the same page as far as thinking. Simply put, if I want to talk about serious issues, and their interest is wanting to talk about “Love & Hip Hop”, truth be told I will not deal with her under any circumstances. Is it harsh for me to be that way? Depending on who you ask? Yes, but that’s how I’ve always been and I’m not changing my stance.

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