Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum and Claudia Schieffer. What do all these women have in common? Aside from being some of the most beautiful women in the world, they we’re also the world’s first and most famous super models.
Earning millions of dollars for just one photo shoot and attracting levels of fame that had never been achieved by those in the modelling professional before, these we’re the women that introduced the world to the concept of the super model!
Supermodelling wasn’t just a profession for the girls though: one man stood out and stood amongst these women as the most famous male model of all time. And that man is the distinctive and unmistakable Tyson Beckford.
In 2014 Vogue Magazine named Beckford the most successful male model of all time, and the huge contacts that he held during the 1990s gave some of the female supers a run for his money.
If you don’t recognise him for his modelling campaigns (and you should: he has been the front man for Ralph Lauren Polo for two decades) then you might recognise him as the star and judge of TV hit Make Me a Supermodel.
But what makes Tyson Beckford’s look and style so distinctive? And how can you make it your own and recreate it in your own wardrobe? Here are our top tips for achieving the Tyson Beckford look:
When you’re one of the highest paid male supermodels in the world, you spend most of your days being told what to wear by other people. However Tyson Beckford is well known for having his own unique sense of style that is set apart from the designers who’s collections he models.
There are very few outfits that this man can’t pull off: he is the true definition of a clothes horse! Love the way Tyson looks on the runway? The key to replicating his super model style is to keeping up to date with the latest trends whilst embracing all things preppy!
Tyson Beckford is best known for working with Ralph Lauren Polo, and he looks fantastic in their laidback and preppy styling. To replicate this look for padded jackets, loose fitting sweatshirts and hooded top, and of course the famous Ralph Lauren Polo tee. Here are some of our favourites:
But don’t confuse the preppy feel of Tyson’s runway style with the cool and edgy style that he likes to adapt when he is off duty:
Off Duty Details
When he isn’t dressed up to the nines for his many advertising campaigns, Tyson favours a casual off duty style. This isn’t a man that wears a button up shirt when a simple tee can be worn instead!
You will rarely see Tyson wearing a scoop or crew neck tee: he always favours the deepest possible V neck t shirts, in order to show off his enviable physique. Simple and understated are the key buzzwords when it comes to his off duty style and he likes his tees to be simple block coloured and as tightly fitting as possible.
That doesn’t mean that Tyson shies away from pattern though: he loves to wear camo print, and brash bright colours too. These help him to stand out from the crowd and show off his high end supermodel credentials.
Want to get the camouflage shoes that he is such a fan of? Tyson regular wears these on the red carpet and likes to dress them up and down. We have a very similar pair available on the Royal Fashionist shop right now. They’re the perfect shoe to buy now and wear all spring/summer long!
Tyson offers us the perfect lesson in how to pull off traditionally feminine colours and shapes (such as these fuschia pants) in a way that oozes masculinity. The key is that he keeps the rest of his outfit simple whilst choosing one or two flamboyant pieces (in this case the studded shoes and the pink pants)
These pieces are balanced with the ultimate masculine fashion piece: the fitted white shirt. An equally simple but expertly tailored jacket is added, and he cleverly avoids adding any other accessories here, because the pants and shoes are loud enough without any extra noise.
If you want to add a high fashion edge to any outfit then look down and think about your shoes. Tyson is a big fan of a patterned or coloured shoe, and the slip on loafer worn without socks is a look that he has been championing hard on the red carpet for the past couple of years.
Replicate this and you’ll immediately look and feel like a supermodel (even if you don’t quite have the face or body of one!)
You’ve got the right outfit, but what do you have to add to elevate it to supermodel levels of style? Awesome accessories, of course! Tyson Beckford never shies away from wearing the right accessory and he likes to pile on several of them at the same time.
Bracelets and bangles, long-line necklaces, hats and sunglasses are all an integral part of the Tyson Beckford look. In fact, Tyson loves eye wear and sunglasses in particular: the more high end and designer the brands, the better.
Tyson has glasses from Ray Ban, D Squared, Gucci and Dior in his armoury and he likes to wear them as often as possible. One of the easiest ways to inject a little Tyson Beckford style into your wardrobe is to invest in a pair of high end sunglasses and wear them with swagger.
Add a wide brimmed hat to add balance to your face: the perfect accessory for long and lazy summer days and the kind of hat that looks perfect with sunglasses too.
One of the things that makes Tyson’s look so appealing is his accessible urban attitude. He was wearing sports luxe style long before the concept was invented on the runway. Long length necklaces are perfect for injecting this sporty and urban feel into your outfit without having to wear sports pants and sneakers. It’s the perfect supermodel accessory!
Want to inject a little Tyson Beckford style into everything you wear? Then it’s important to ensure that your clothes reflect your own personality. If you’re vibrant and vivacious then wear colour. If you’re brooding and mysterious then wear black.
One of the great things about Mr Beckford is that he lets his personality ooze through everything that he wears. This is true when he’s on the job as well as when he is wearing his off duty looks. If the outfits he’s wearing aren’t true to who he is then you’ll know about it!
Tyson reflects this in his own words when talking about what it takes to become a successful model: “Yes it’s about looks…but without a semblance of a personality you’re not going to get very far in the fashion game. Think how many models are out there trying to get the same gig. You need something else that’ll make you unique. You need a ‘thing’.”
Think about what your think it. Everyone has one. Think about what awesome aspect of your personality makes you unique. Then ensure that your outfit reflects that. It’s key to securing the Tyson Beckford look.
Hold The Hair
Tyson has a very bold trademark hair look that he has stuck with for decades: and one that is perfect if you share his chiselled jawline and devastating good looks. Tyson shaves his head using Oyster clippers every three to four days to ensure it remains as short and tidy as possible.
His short hair is perfect for showing off his incredible handsome features, and it is a great style to adapt if you want to show off some chiselled features of your own.
If you do choose to wear your hair short then it’s important that you ensure that the rest of your facial hair is as neat and tidy as possible. If you wear a beard then trim it regularly and if you have unruly eyebrows then book regular waxing appointments at your beauticians to keep them under control.
Without your head hair to draw attention, the rest of your facial hair will take centre stage and so it’s important to ensure that it is as tidy and preened as possible. Think like a supermodel and take care of your hair and skin!
Tailor Made Tattoos
When thinking of Tyson Beckford, three things come to mind: the chiselled jaw line, the muscular physique, and the tattoos. If you’re thinking of having your first tattoo, or adding a new tattoo to your collection then Tyson Beckford is the perfect person to look to for inspiration.
Tyson’s body is covered in tattoos which all make use of black ink and which all compliment each other perfectly. Tyson has full arm sleeves on both arms, as well as tattoos on his neck and back.
On his neck Tyson wears Chinese characters on one side and the name of his son (Jordan) on the other. His passion for Chinese symbols and ideology comes from his heritage: his mother is Chinese Jamaican and he had a huge Chinese dragon added to his arm to honour her.
On his back, Tyson has a huge tattoo in the shape of a cross with the words ‘Lord of Lords’ written across the middle. Beckford uses his tattoos to honour his family, his heritage, and his passion for fashion. All great inspirations if you want to get some ink of your own.
Get the Body
Finally, it would be impossible to talk about getting the Tyson Beckford look without talking about that Tyson Beckford body. Gym honed is barely descriptive enough for his rock solid physique, which he works on everyday.
A large part of Beckford’s physique comes from his diet. According to an interview with Review Journal, Beckford sticks to a strict food plan: “I don’t eat red meat. I’m a big salad guy. I like kale. I like fish. Fish is my main thing to eat. I don’t really eat rice that much,”
He also doesn’t eat sweets, as he doesn’t have a sweet tooth, and he practices strict portion control as well as sticking to a low carb diet: he has been on a low carb diet for more than 20 years.
Just the thought of this kind of extreme diet may well make you feel miserable, but it’s important to remember that when you stick to something in the long term it becomes your new normal. A part of your daily routine And it’s clear to see that the results speak for themselves.
Oh, and don’t underestimate the importance of good hydration. It is essential to drink plenty of water for the good of your health and the good of your skin. As Tyson himself reports; “I have at least eight bottles of water a day. You’ve gotta continuously flush the system.”
As well as sticking to a strict diet, Tyson Beckford is also completely commited to his exercise regime. He has even designed his own ‘Beckford Bar’ which he uses to complete push ups. And he completes at least 150 push ups a day (he says this is the minimum he needs to do to get pumped)
When he isn’t pumping up he is running. Tyson runs every day in order to achieve the slender and toned aspects of his physique.
Looking for a more streamlined model look without the bulk of a body builder, particularly in the neck area? Tyson’s tip to achieve that is to mix cardiovascular and calisthenics to keep his neck from getting too fat with muscle.
He believes it is his daily commitment to calisthenics and push ups that stops this from happening, and keeps the muscle mass in this area low.
Having a body like Tyson Beckford certainly isn’t something that will come easy. In fact, it will require dedication, commitment, and a complete change of diet and exercise routine for an extended period of time if you want to pull it off. But look at the man: the effort is definitely worth it!
Not sure you have what it takes to achieve that famous Tyson Beckford body? The good news is that, thanks to his distinctive sense of style, anyone can dress like him regardless of what they’ve got going on underneath their clothes!
The key to nailing the Tyson Beckford look is to choose just one flamboyant piece per outfit. Don’t shy away from colour or pattern here: pick pieces that reflect your personality and make you feel good.
Patterned and coloured shoes are a great statement piece to start with: they’re something Tyson often wears with his day to day outfits, and look great worn with plain basics and separates if you don’t want to step too far outside your comfort zone.
Once you’ve chosen your statement making pieces, ensure that the rest of your outfit is as simple and understated as possible. Think fitted tees with a deep V neck (especially if you have a Tyson-style gym honed body to show off) or a simple slim fitting button down shirt.
These pieces should compliment your statement making kit, whilst not stealing any attention from them.
The Tyson Beckford look is a clever one, because it perfectly blends understated and masculine style with a keen interest in high fashion. This is the ideal look to replicate if you love high fashion pieces, but don’t have the confidence to wear them all at once (something we would definitely not recommend).
And anything that makes you look like the inimitable Tyson Beckford is certainly no bad thing!