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Tyson Chicken Fight

A look at two models named Tyson

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The name Tyson is undergoing an image change. Once synonymous with poultry, it’s now the moniker of the two hottest male models. Below, a tale of the tape of these modeling titans.

TYSON BECKFORD
AGE: 29
HEIGHT: 6’2”
WEIGHT: 175
SHOE SIZE: 10
DISCOVERY STORY
According to legend, this Bronx-born, Jamaican-raised studmuffin was plucked from obscurity in 1993 while hanging around NYC’s Washington Square Park.
FIRST BIG CAMPAIGN
An exclusive contract with Ralph Lauren
BEST FEATURE
”It’s kind of hard to say when everything looks good,” says his manager, Bethann Hardison.
HOW HE’S DIFFERENT
Says Hardison, ”The other Tyson is a model; Tyson Beckford is an image.”

TYSON BALLOU
AGE: 23
HEIGHT: 6’2”
WEIGHT: 175
SHOE SIZE: 10 1/2
DISCOVERY STORY
According to legend, this former teen model was plucked from his native Garland, Texas, by talent scouts from the Ford agency in 1996.
FIRST BIG CAMPAIGN
Jil Sander
BEST FEATURE
”It’s the eyebrows,” says his agent Kevin Apana at IMG. ”They’re sort of like Spock. They make him look really strong.”
HOW HE’S DIFFERENT
”The other Tyson’s black,” says Apana.

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