Tyson Beckford, An Ally & a Friend

March 17, 2009
Model/actor Tyson Beckford is the host of Bravo's Make Me a Supermodel. And, according to a recent interview with BET, "He may not be gay, but he’s a gay advocate!" Well, we already knew that: Tyson is joining us at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York! The interview covers his gigantic modeling career (where would Ralph Lauren be without him?), his early inclusion into People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful issue, and what this season of Make Me a Supermodel will bring. Be sure to read the whole interview here, but we've taken out a few excerpts for you to feast your eyes upon:
Are you single? No, I’m not, but I'm like Brad Pitt and Angelina and Beyonce and Jay-Z -- I just like to keep my relationship on the under. The thing I get all the time is, "Oh, he's gay, he gotta be! We never see him out with a girl." Well, I don’t want the world in my business because you got so many people like the bloggers, the paparazzi, YouTube, the camera phones -- everybody is always in your business. Those who seen me with her know that she’s stunning. I just don’t want the world to know yet, it’s none of their business. Yeah, all those rumors -- I never thought you were gay. Yeah, it's just one hater that put that on me. But, don't get me wrong, I work with GLAAD, I work with Gay Men's Health Crisis—I work with all of that. It's just I'm a straight man who got a little bit of style so they just say, "He's gay." Whenever Black men support gay people, people get crazy about that. It's a shame. Exactly! My cousin is gay and I love him to death. I have more fun hanging out with him than I do my straight friends because he's got style, he's got flavor. I can take him shoe shopping with me and my girl, we know we're getting the best advice. To me, it's like the best of both worlds. As soon as people see me, "Oh, he's gay." I'm like, well, I don't have that much flavor. I got flavor but I don’t have that much. I love my gay brothers and sisters.
Oh he is a delight, isn't he? Check him out live -- as well as Tyra Banks, Suze Orman and Phil Donahue -- at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, March 28, 2009. Full ticket info is available here.