It Doesn't Matter if You're Good Looking

Tyson Beckford explains what it takes to be a model.

Let's get right into the latest episode and talk about the models' performances. First off we have Branden, who worked with Colin.

Branden is growing, he's getting better. His weakness is his walk. He doesn't stand up straight. He walks and his arms kind of stand out like he's a big muscle man. That's his main weakness.


He's great with his photos, but he wasn't as strong this week. He also has that thing where he has a muscle-man type walk. I tell him to relax his arms and his shoulders.

What did you think of his incorporation of cricket on the runway?

I thought it was great because one of the judges is British and one of the judges is from South Africa, two countries that play cricket. I also understood because I have a West Indian background. I don't know if the American viewers will catch it. It was brilliant for him because he was the only one who laid down an action pose.

What about Kerryn? She was taken on the go see and she won the immunity.

That was good, Kerryn. She's got a sexiness about here.

What about her and Colin? She was trying to get him out of his shell.

They would make a good couple. But it's hard to be in a relationship and try to succeed in this business. At the beginning of the season I tell them all don't mess with that because it's a distraction.

Has it ever worked out for you with a model?

It's worked for me, but I was already where I needed to be in my career.

What about Laury? She was upset that she didn't win the photo assignment.

She was trippin. Did she not see her picture? It was not that good for her to lash out. I was embarrassed for her. She should have known better.

What about Mountaha?

She's a sweetheart. She gets it, but it's gotta get her. She's coming along.

Salome kept bringing up the fact that she wasn't familiar with sports. What did you think of that?

That's a bullsh*t excuse. If you get hired by a client, are you gonna say you don't know what sports is? She doesn't know what sports is, but she damn sure knows what fashion is. Fashion is the key to everything. It's the key to sports, music, everything. Everything you do incorporates fashion, whether you're sitting at a desk or flying a plane. Everyone has a uniform while you're doing something like that. If you're a professional motercycle rider or a race car driver then you wear a suit for that. Fashion relates to everything. I don't understand how if you're into fashion you don't know what sports is.

What about Sandhurst?

Sandhurst is cool. When you're classically trained like that it's hard to break that mold. It's hard to come up with a different swag. He'll blow it for himself if doesn't come with something different. The pose at the end was cool, it caught you off guard, but it wasn't sports related.

What about Shawn?

Like Shawn, these kids have a misinterpretation of what fashion is. There are those who put too much in and those who don't put enough. It doesn't matter if you're good looking. It's that happy medium you have to find.


She's good, she just looks very thin.

What about Gabriel? Something was going on between him and Amanda.

I was saying, "Amanda, don't mess with this boy." She's getting too caught up with Gabe and his penis.

What about Colin?

It's like trying to get Einstein to become... Tyson. He's a good looking guy, he's just a nerd. If they were remaking Revenge of the Nerds he would be starring in it.

What about CJ? We saw a different side of her this week.

She had fun. I saw that side of her though, she's into motorcycles and she knows people I know in LA. I wanted her to show the world that side of her. Once people really see who she is they'll look at her and see that this girl is really beautiful and see that she really has something. Some of the cast didn't like her and I know what that's like. I've been on jobs where other guys didn't like me because I was a client's favorite. I feel for her.

She got along with Jonathan and Branden though.

Jonathan is older and he's a little more mature. He can relate. With Branden, you watch him grow every week. The kid will grow on you. The first week when he said something about homosexuals and Latinos, I was ready to send him home after that. I thought he was in the wrong business. The business of fashion is all about getting along. One thing about about people in fashion is we get along. Then I thought, let's keep him and let's educate him and turn him into someone who is respectful of everyone. You'll see him mature.

Amanda won the photo assigment and went to the go see.

Going into that casting I think she should have been able to talk with Nicole. They need to stay focused on what they're getting ready to do. They're so excited about their win and talking about how great they are and then the client brings them back to reality.

Karen was eliminated. What did you think of her?

I didn't know what she was doing. When I saw her eyes I knew she was going home. She was not made to be modeling, I'm so sorry to say.. There are tons of beautiful African American women out there with eyes that don't do that. She turned on that x-ray vision.

I AM a Supermodel

Branden talks about his win, what he'll do with the money, and if he plans on asking Nicole out. At the beginning of the season, did you think you would win? Or who did you think would after seeing the other models?
Well, I’ve got to admit, at the beginning of the season, I was very intimidated by all the models, definitely I thought I wasn’t going to be underestimating myself. And really who I thought was going to win was either Sandhurst or Jonathan. That’s who I thought was going to win. So when I got down to them at the end, when I was with them, I was just amazed by myself. I thought “Holy crap! I really made it this far.” I had a one in three chance to win so why not just go for it? Especially in the last episode they [Jonathan & Sanhurst] almost kind of played father figures during the show for you. What was that relationship like with the other guys?
The relationship with the other guys was very good. I love those two. Jonathan, he’s more of the father figure type of guy and Sanhurst is more of just like your best friend. I really was privileged to actually share a home with them for two months and have fun with them. I had fun no matter what we were doing. In the last episode, you get to shoot with this amazing photographer in the first part and do the whole Polaroid challenge with that camera. What was that like?
That was my favorite photo shoot out of all of them. It wasn’t like "Do this pose." It wasn’t very "posey." It was more showing yourself. There was one of them that was pretty posy because it was a high fashion one, but then there was your portrait, and then there was there’s the group shot. And I felt like in the group shot, I did the best. And then you had the Cosmo shoot. Did that just feel really natural to you?
Well that was probably one of my favorite photo shoots. It was very natural. And they just told me to act like that guy that girls want to be with and the guy that guys want to be friends with. And I was good in that and they said "You really are a Cosmo guy." And I felt very confident about that. In your final catwalk, you had the more playful one, and then you had the Ben Sherman one, what did you want to accomplish with those catwalks?
Really on those catwalks, I just wanted to show them that I’ve matured since the beginning of the competition and that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to be a supermodel. That’s really what I was just trying to show them. And I felt a little awkward and funny in the whole suit I had on with all the bows. It was kind of weird. But, it was fun. They kept saying you went from a boy to a man. Like the first episode you were struggling with maybe [the fact that] you were working with a gay model and you kind of made a big deal about it in the first episode. Do you think that your mind has totally just opened?
First of all, at the beginning of the competition, I was not homophobic. I have tons of gay friends. I just felt uncomfortable for my first shot because me and my mom and everybody were talking about it and stuff and I just don’t want to be portrayed that way even though I love gay people. They’re some of the funniest people in the world. But I just felt a little awkward to do anything like I wasn’t going to go past the point of kissing him. I would not have kissed him. [He] was like "Why don’t you guys kiss" and I was like, "Hell no, dude!” What was your favorite challenge?
My favorite challenge was probably, I would have to say, the Timothy Greenfield one, with the portraits. That was just awesome. It was so much fun. One of the judges asked you an interesting question: You are so close to your mother. Once your modeling career really starts, you’re going to be traveling all over. You’re going to be separated from her. Have you thought about that and how you’re going to handle that?
Me and my mom talked about it a lot and I’m ready to get out there. I’m ready to leave home. I’m 19 years old now. I’m just ready to get out there and find out what this world’s got to give me. What are you going to do with the money?
With the money, I’m getting my mom a nice car, and then I’m going to move to New York. And I have a couple bills. Well you won, so are you going to take Nicole out?
I wish! Do you have any final thoughts about this season that you want to share with your fans or want to say anything to them?
I just want to say to all my fans, thank you for believing in me and helping me along the way. It was a great season. It was a great accomplishment and it was just a great privilege to have and I’m very privileged to have fans like everybody that I’m around. So, thanks to everyone.