Tyson Beckford recently posed for a series of photos with 24-year-old transgender model Ines Rau. Rau’s rise to fame came after her appearance on “America’s Next Top Model” and in a recent interview with Models.com, she tells how she was inspired by the book I Am A Woman to start her “change” at the age of 16. The shoot was for France’s new luxury magazine OOB, but the photos weren’t that well received by critics.
“This is distasteful – it’s not even art. Everybody isn’t going to be down with the gay community. I feel that they are trying to make people feel guilty or bad for what they believe in,” one unimpressed viewer said.
“I am sorry but I don’t understand. Is this Tyson’s coming out? They must be trying to make some sort of statement by using him, he is a well-known model.”
According to Ines, her Instagram account almost got shut down after she shared the image with fans online.
“I’m not posting anything about it any more. You know where to see it,” she said. “And I am taking a pause with Instagram for a little bit as they disabled it two times because of those pictures.”
In response to the photos Beckford simply posted a tweet:
One shouldn’t be judged by color, sex or age. IDGAF! We all human and gonna die! #lifeofbeckford
— Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) November 8, 2013