Tyson Beckford: Some of them, they think they know everything. You know what I mean? It’s tough to try and teach them something. But when you get one, you know, that’s willing to listen and learn, it’s like a fresh canvas. You see them learning and you see them growing and you see them becoming better and that’s, if anything, that to me is more rewarding than anything else, you know?
Tyson Beckford: Yeah, definitely, and it’s just amazing to see them, you know a couple years later and they’re in an ad campaign. You know, it’s just really nice to see it.
Are you up to anything else?
Tyson Beckford: Well, this summer I’ve been doing a lot of charity stuff–I just came off the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amFAR where we raised $115,000—and just basically doing little things here and there, nothing really serious right now because it’s summertime. I try to keep my work light in the summer. In the fall I plan to get back on some script writing and movies and modeling and all this stuff that I’m used to doing.
Tyson Beckford: I would say my favorites would have to be all the Ralph Lauren stuff and all the Polo Sport Fragrance ads. Those are my favorites.
Tyson Beckford: It was just a good time in fashion and it was a great time at Ralph Lauren with amazing people. It was just amazing.
Do you have plans for any modeling related things in the future?
Tyson Beckford: Yeah, I got some stuff lined up. We’ve been having some meetings with people but I can’t discuss it yet because then it will ruin the surprise!
What brands do you like?
Tyson Beckford: Right now my one favorite is Calvin Klein. Unless I come out with my own, which I’ve always thought about doing, that’s the only, you know, that’s the only thing I wear right now.
Tyson Beckford: I’d definitely make a pair that, when you put your jeans on, they don’t ride up your thighs. I got pretty good-sized thighs and mine, I’m pullin’ ‘em down through my jeans, you know? I ride a motorcycle, so whenever I get off my motorcycle they’re all bunched up so I always get something with a better grip on the thighs.
Tyson Beckford: Yep, I’ve tried ‘em.. They’re a little too tight on my, uh, my package.
Tyson Beckford: Yea, I need somethin’ with some room.
I hear ya, I hear ya. We just put an article up about that the other day.
Tyson Beckford: You see! It is something that men are concerned with because we’re all different sizes so some are gonna fit men better than others.
Tyson Beckford: Yeah, yeah, my favorite is the Pima cotton. It’s soft on ya and it’s giving. The microfibers, too, are great. The new Calvin’s that are out right now—oh man, they’re so amazing.
Tyson Beckford: The Calvin Klein Bold. Those are some of my favorite. I gotta head to the store and get me some new ones now because, you know, every six months I like to get new ones.
You like the bold in cotton or microfiber?
Tyson Beckford: I like it in microfiber and I like the boxer briefs as well. I love the great colors. I’m not afraid to wear pink, you know? The ladies love that one. And I notice more and more of my guy friends and model friends, you know, we’re at a photo shoot and we’re getting dressed for the next shot and everyone will have them on.
Tyson Beckford: Men don’t really go to the store like women go to Victoria’s Secret. Men don’t really go to the store like that, they’d rather do it from home. For some men it’s embarrassing. But for me, I don’t have a problem with it because you know I’ve been seen in my underwear, I’ve been photographed naked so it’s not a big deal. I’m out buying underwear. I’m never embarrassed.
Tyson Beckford: Oh, yeah! If I’m wearing white, I’m always wearing white underneath because I have a peeve with you know, wearing white pants that are almost see-through and then you got on a different color underwear, it just messes with my head so I can’t do it. If I’m wearing brand new dark jeans, I’ll wear a dark pair because if you wear white underwear the jeans rub off on them and then, you know, you ruin the white underwear. They come out with a bluish haze.
Tyson Beckford: I think probably back in the day—and this was in back then–but havin’ a jerry curl. I think that’s probably one of the worst fashion statements. I had a full head of hair, though, that’s the good thing.
Tyson Beckford: My workout routine consists of no weights, just strictly a lot of cardio, and a lot of calisthenics. You know, it’s more like a P90X style workout where I go from one extreme to the next. My two favorite things I do are jump roping and a lot of abs.
Tyson Beckford: Well, I just, me and my friend, over the past year have invented this push-up bar that really concentrates on the chest, the back, the traps, the biceps, the forearm, the triceps and also the lower back–it basically hits the upper body. There’s no way you can cheat with this machine. So, we came up with this and both of us have been working out on it and it’s been doing wonders. So, we’re setting up meetings now with different companies so we can try to get this thing out by Christmas.
Tyson Beckford: Yeah, it’s called the Beckford Bar. It’s definitely a serious work-out, it’s a serious work-out because you can just–it’s simple–you can do anywhere from ten to twenty push-ups and, it gives you a pump that lasts all day.
Beckford Bar. That’s serious.
Tyson Beckford: It is serious! We just got done with all the legal aspects of it. Registering the bar and, you know, design aspects, so now we’re ready to try to bring it to market.
Tyson Beckford: Yeah, I tell a lot of guys to get a nice diet, to start a nice diet for yourself. Try to keep what you’re doin’ all natural; my diet consists of all organics. Do a lot of abs, too, if you wanna be an underwear model. Don’t go too extreme too fast, either, and hydrate–and when I say hydrate I mean drink lots of water–I’m into coconut water, which contains a lot of potassium–and stay away from Gatorade and those energy drinks because they’re not good in the long run– too much sugar and too much sodium.
Tyson Beckford: He’s 13 now. I mean it’s tough. I don’t get to see him as much because he’s on the West Coast and you know, it’s tough to balance the two, but I definitely try. My family here on the East Coast, they know that if I’m busy, I’m busy, but they’ll make time to come up to me, you know, when I get back home and we’ll have a few family days together.
Tyson Beckford: Nah, I just pretty much try to do as much as I can, you know, but sometimes if you’re out on a date it’s kinda tough because if you’re trying to have a good time other people will come up and be like “Hey, can I take a picture?” and, you know, it can interrupt the date. But pretty much I can get around and do my own thing.
Thanks for talking, Tyson. In closing, any words to live by?
Tyson Beckford: Train hard, play hard! That’s it.