Tyson Beckford

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, USA

Date of Birth: December 19, 1970

Ethnicity: African-Jamaican, African-Panamanian, Chinese

Tyson Beckford is an American model and actor. He was born to Jamaican parents. He has Afro-Jamaican, Afro-Panamanian, and Chinese ancestry.

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Adamina September 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

He is too hot. It’s not fair

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:19 am

Another potentially good looking ruined by Asian eyes.

Yes I said. Asiatic eyes on men are gross.

cwm85 October 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

And I’m sure you are so beautiful huh? And your eyes are big and beady…

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Such a good comeback. You need an award.


xoxo November 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Racist much????

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 12:48 am


People have varying taste.

Quite being a social justice warrior and come to reality.

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 5:47 am

is this true that african americans don’t age like whites ?

i mean if you show me 100 pics of african americans and 100 of mediterraiann and whites

i m sure i would think that those african americans are younger than they are

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Has his Chinese ancestry ever been documented? Any pictures of family?

Nikki April 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

he isnt chinese.

M June 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

He is, idiot.

M June 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

It’s really not surprising that he has Chinese in him. Jamaica has a Chinese population. You can see the features, at least I could tell right away he was mixed with Asian.

ihatemostpeople April 14, 2014 at 1:09 am

Damn he hasn’t aged well at all. Wtf happened?

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 5:46 am

thats unfair

most african americans and black people tend to not age at their age because they had better skin

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 6:01 am

this type of guy men like me would be jealous of

he has the same ethnic background like NAOMI CAMPBELL

nice combination ASIAN + black

anastas January 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

why r people getting so mad just cuz he said he is part Chinese?
get over it.

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

because he isn’t Chinese.
one of his parents must have to been Asian. to claim it part something-( in this case Asian) . to if not you are not part anything .. his claim for his Asian backgroun because of his eyes shape
that is just an silly assumption.

Rokai June 13, 2014 at 6:11 am

He can be considered mongoloid since they are Africans who have slanted eyes like Asians San”Bushmen”, Nigerians, Ilongots, Aborigines Philippines, and Cambodians

Brown girls rock December 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Some people are freakin ignorant he is mixed with Chinese he’s said it himself why is that so hard to believe

The Beautiful Ones December 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

This guy is black and he knows it! Chinese nothin! Please

sararuiz April 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

He never said he wasn’t black, why r u getting mad just because he said he is part Chinese? If he is, so what.

andrew January 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

he’s a black dude with chinese eyes

rique November 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

Dude’s akan as far as afro-ethnicity ( Maroon Heritage which is basically comprised of ashantis and fantes) is concerned and Chinese as far as asian ethnicity is concerned but 100% Jamaican.

anakaren November 14, 2012 at 3:49 am

well yes he looks chinese lol so handsome!!humm

nnnnn December 13, 2012 at 1:25 am

Chinesse, who used too much tanned-creme and pushed
his lips

GeorgeJeanPierre May 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

sooo hot!

VOGUE March 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

beautiful mix!

me March 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Blasian people tend to look mostly black,but Tyson has very strong Chinese characteristics in his face.

lala1751 March 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

OMG he has the prettiest smoothest skin ive ever seen. Also you can defently see the chinese in his ancestry, those pretty slanted eyes. OMG

dvanilla March 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

I can see the Chinese in him. The way his eyes slant which is amazing how each race he has contributed to his genetic makeup. God is a very good artist!

misscara February 24, 2012 at 3:00 am

Duh don’t ppl know that Jamaican / Chinese mix is not uncommon.

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I am so appalled at the level of ignorance floating around America. Yes the West Indies are full of people like Tyson as are parts of Africa (e.g. the Malays) and yes even black people here in America. The Chinese men who worked on the railroad were not allowed to bring their wives back, they had to take other wives and they were not white.

I’m black, white, indigenous american and asian (specifically East Asians). Not that unique considering the history of this country.

People get informed, listen in school and if you are out of school, please use the internet so you won’t be so ill-informed.

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:08 am


he just looks black

he doesnt wanna be chinese

no March 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

no no no

no March 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

you are wrong boss when did he tell you this information.you do not know what he wants to be or not

Nomonde January 25, 2012 at 6:22 am

I’d love a mixed race kid, mixed race ppl r gorgeous!

Jennifer 2012 January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Her skin is african, the lips aren’t african . The facial bone structure is hard to say. Their are africans with that facial structure depending on what ethnic aftrician tribal group you are refering too. Samoia (spelling) and euthropians don’t even look like other africians. It is said that they are more arab blood than other Africian countries. THese 2 countries have light skin people (light brown), thin lips, and small faces, and narrow thin noses which aren’t even African facial features.
But the bottom line is he is fucking gorgeous looking. Very manly looking. He is such a hulk. No wonder he is a model.

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Somalians and Ethopians are black with Arabic and Greek.

BTW, Aboriginies consider themselves black as well as they should and some East Indians will say they are black as well. That is in reference to skin tone not ethnicity.

There are plenty of people with his mix, I suggest you look up the Malays.

JoeMcGood February 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

It looks like you’ve crammed that it is only those countries that have light skin tones. I am from a ugandan family where half of us are light (more like Will Smith) and others are darker (like Ne-Yo).
It’s pretty obvious you have never been in Africa.

Anisa Ali January 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I do see his Chinese side to him in some of his facial features. Ones colour skin tone does not define their racial background. It is proven that Asian skin tone genes are much weaker than African genes and that is proven by celebrities such as Amerie, Tyga, Tiger woods (THE LIST GOES ON) who look very much African American yet their slanted eyes and sometimes nose or lips shape tell other wise. Never the less, Tyson Beckford is one gorgeous AFRO-ASIAN man!

mike January 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hmm i seen alot of west african men look like him.He look like a normal black man from nyc

aSHLEY January 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm




Carl January 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

You Do know that The world for African People didn’t begin in slavery!!! RIGHT????

Yes he is part Asian and African, but many people from places like Sudan look just like him.

Ive traveled a bit and Ive noticed native people from South Africa and Sudan have “asian” looking eyes and cheek bones.

Im not trying to take from his heritage but I am trying to open peoples minds.

Seba January 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

You know what’s interesting is that as I’m reading this board I noticed that more people seem to be excepting of Tyson’s background then say Nicki-Menaj or Beyonce who recongnize their roots! I wonder why that is……..I’m not looking for a response cause I have developed my own understanding as to how folks think!lol! I just thought that folks should keep this in mind while they are passing judgement about some of these celebs and their heritage!

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

He was one of the highest paid male models and I can see way.

mike January 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm
lolx December 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm


BLACK_NDN September 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

On Oprah tyson said his grandmother is asian

HoodGirl August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am

his panamanian decent made his looks :))))

harijuku princess April 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

ladyy go f yourself why is it that when black ppl say there mixxxed with something other black ppl gottta bring them down about it why tyson beckford is mixxed and you can tell with his fine ass

smiles April 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

he is hot!

Velmar Faison March 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Please erase the replies from my comment. I do not wish to receive replies through my e-mail address because I seldom use my computer, sometimes maybe once a month and my computer will be full. However, I did not know it would be plublish after every name!!Thank you!!!!!!

london born October 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I can’t believe the level of ignorance people still have in this world. especially dat anonymous…. how are you guna come up on here and say that certain people cannot be diverse. do u even know tyson beckford or naomi cambell….. i am part jamaican and have been to jamaica witnessing all walks of life, white, blacks, indians,latinos chinese etc… Maybe if you went and travelled and actually educated yourself then you would know instead of making narrow minded comments as if your god… and where are you going with kimora lee simmons ain’t black… just cus she may favour one race doesn’t mean she ain’t multiracial. have you seen her kids they are mixed with black but look more like their mom. This world needs to wake up because i am tired of hearing dumb ass racsist people who don’t even know shit. one more example did you know mariah carey is half black? there are many people like you that don’t even know this because of people lack of knowledge like yourself.

Humale September 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’ll start by saying I completely Agree with you, I just wanted to add some of my insight

For a number of reasons, people of all races who spend a lot of time on the internet, and not much time in the real world seem to often have views which point in the direction of, black is bad and everyone wants to escape being it.

As a result, internet users argue this crap about Multiracial people trying to escape from their black heritage, which is often an ignorant and often self hating delusion (many blacks seem to think this).
If people traveled the world more, or even just researched sociology, they would see that multiracial Americans actually have a lower average annual wage, and a far higher suicide rate than fully African Americans(In fact, African American’s suicide rate is far lower than Even white Americans, and Multiracial Americans is the highest of all). Also the racism and prejudice in the education system, police-force, and work place, is largely against Hispanics as well as blacks, so obviously also affects people representative of mixed descent too (since that is close to what Hispanics actually are if you look at the history of America, although they are predominantly white, native American and Asian with only a small amount of black African ancestry).
so what is it that mixed people would have to gain, from denying being black, socially, and in terms of career opportunities?

I can’t really see anything.

And doesn’t this whole mentality just oppress ethnic minorities?

Fully white people are allowed to improve (in their eyes) their appearance all they want, so isn’t it oppressive to deny multiracial people this right?

If a black person gets a nose job to make their nose narrower, they are ridiculed for being ashamed of being black, and wanting to look more white, when the fact of the matter is they often have a more attractive nose afterwards.

If an Asian gets eyelid surgery, they are told the same

Yet no one minds if a white person with a very protuberant nose gets it flattened, no one says they are trying to look more black or Asian. Meanwhile, they have the nose they want, whilst those around them are happy for them, and the blacks and Asians have to go without, or put up with a lot of stick from their friends and family. Not fair is it….

And anyway, how you project your racial self acceptance, isn’t necessarily representative of how you feel about yourself and your race deep down.

A lot of people seem confused about what pride really means, and it’s proven that the ethnic minorities who go on about how racially proud they are, are actually likely to be the most insecure.

If more people knew this, they would understand that people who want to acnowledge their mixed ancestry, are not doing so to try and claim they are better than other people, they are doing so because that is what they are, and that is what they will always be.

In my opinion multiracial people should accept and embrace all of what they are as opposed to being a ‘watered down’ version of what they are encouraged to say they are(of course this is easier said than done, but i believe it is the most positive mindset to aspire towards).

It is also important to note that a lot of these preposterous arguments do just stem from a mere lack of knowledge, as opposed to an actual lack or common sense. You are right about Mariah Carey. I have heard people say that once a race is mixed with black, they basically just look fully black . This is because there are a load of individuals who they think are white or Hispanic who are in fact 1/2 or 1/4 black(no sane person could possibly think Nicole Richie, or Mariah carey look fully African, in fact many people mistake them as fully white)

The ignorance is completely worldwide too. In Russia for example a lot of Slav’s hate Asians(as well as other races) although over half of them have around 15% Mongolian ancestry. It’s all a little bit pathetic really. People make such passionate arguments, which are fueled by complete delusion. Think of all these hours, and all this energy that they wasted on making and trying to defend stupid arguments.

me September 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

he is so sexy!

moi September 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

black and asian

i dont care

he is just sexy …damn

sitdown August 31, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I don’t understand why whenever a black person claims they are mixed, it is not accepted. Chinese genes are not as dominant, and will not show as much as, persay, Korean genes. That is why Kimora Lee Simmons looks asian more than Tyson does.

It is believable that Tyson is part Chinese because in Jamaica, there are quite a numerous amount of Chinese people, and it’s quite common there to have many mixes.

Everytime I read these forums this same stupid argument comes up. Why can’t the truth just be accepted?

Gemini August 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

You speak the truth. But in this country the only thing that matters is if you look like what you claim to be mixed with, which is extremely ignorant. I am mixed with African(Somalian), Cherokee, English, and Bengali but I look straight black therefore I should deny my ancestry because I dont look the part or because my skin is only at medium tone not high yellow? Americans nowadays kill me but really its most of us black americans that do it.

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

yes deny deny deny…black is right

moi September 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

no one denied it

OMG September 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm

yea. it’s not that people don’t believe Black people. Any rational person could sit down take a picture of let’s say an african and compare it to any african american you see and see that the african american is not pure african that it’s different, the african features are less distinct/may not be there/ or the black person is pure caucasian features with dark skin coloring. lighter skin tones, people’s hair types, the “light-skinned” black people. I just think it’s easier esp. for americans to pidgeon hole you into 1 easy category, or it gets too confusing. Plus there’s a history in america of denying blacks even their own legacy, to take and not give back. For instance if its something created within the black community (e.g. swing dancing, jazz, blues music that formed rock n roll) it’s American culture and belongs to EVERYONE and pretty soon ppl forget the originators and end up believing its theirs. Classic, but yet ppl forget the presence of blacks when it comes to overall american history smh

princess August 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

if he says he is part asian then leave him because jamaicans come from many different races look at jamaican history and you will see that you had europians ,chinese,indians and people from the middle east coming to jamaica to settle so there is a high possibility. after all the jamaican motto says OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE meaning we come from different ethnicity but share a common culture

duineilomo June 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

alot of jamaicans are mixed with chinese, and people are not as racist there as they are in america. the chinese openly marry black jamaicans there, and there arent as many barriers.

total23 May 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I Have Strong Feelings That Tyson Beckford And Naomi Campbell Are Not Related Because They Took Pictures Together That Relatives Shouldn’t Be Taken Together Like That!


Bombpants May 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

I doubt that Richie. He’s US born.

richie May 6, 2010 at 1:24 am

actually, is Jamaican. He was born in St. Ann, Jamaica and moved to the US as a teenager before getting discovered. As far as his mother anf father, I don’t know what nationalities they are.

ethnic May 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

great comment.

lilmiss May 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

Personally, I Think that Tyson has unique features that make him very attractive and hence are responsible for his successful modelling career. Whether he has ‘1/4 Chinese’ in him or not, I still sense something different yet interesting about him, which in my opinion is only a positive think. Instead of looking for things that make him and even ourselves different, I think that we should look for the similarities between us because we are all more alike and closer than we sometimes care to think.
P.S. Race and Ethnicity aside, he is one incredible good-looking man!

Fuzzybear April 26, 2010 at 9:46 am

The man part asian,so just let it go

Aja April 26, 2010 at 2:54 am

panamaBUAY, althought wikipedia says he’s Jamaican Panamanian and Chinese decent, wikipedia isn’t a credible source to cite

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

i agree…wiki is a load a crock sometimes

panamaBUAY April 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

wikipedia says hes exactly Jamaican Panamanian and Chinese decent!!
so stop f$cking up the mans RACE

Fuzzybear April 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

To Lady

No offense,but how is 1/4 anything undetectable?

Lady April 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

Tyson Beckford is less than 1/4 chinese. Thats virtually undetectable. Him and Naomi Campbell are two black Jamaicans trying to be something they are not.

total23 May 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I Don’t Get Your Comment! First Off If You Are Majority Black But You Have A Chinese Ancestor, Then Your Ethnicity Is Black And Chinese! If You Don’t Know Tyson Beckford Nor His Family, Then You Should Not Comment On This Profile Talking Like That. And Second Of All Naomi Campbell Never Knew Her Father And She Heard He Has Chinese In Him Which Is Why She Says She Is Of Chinese Heritage!

moi September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

not really if that is his heritage then why cant they claim it

who are you to tell them their ethnicity

color? April 19, 2010 at 4:51 am

i believe in dark skinned people being multiracial look at brazil for example they all mixed

siddee April 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

hot dark and handsome love it

umm yeah February 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

anonymous february 5th: you sound like a fool trying to tell someone what they are or are not. you think tiger woods is a fool for saying he’s only part black…have you seen his mom!? she’s obviously asian. in fact, tiger is more asian than black because his father was also part chinese. i don’t even understand how this can be up for debate when you can easily verify this fact by simply looking at his parents.

not all mixed race people come out looking the same way. my friend is half japanese half white and he looks white but his brother looks asian. same family and they don’t even look alike!

you are so incredibly ignorant.

some of yall a hot mess February 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Why is this such a big issue? Black mixes come out all types of ways, two offspring of the same parents can look completely different. Does it matter who’s side has what and what the percentages are? Take Wentworth Miller for example, looking at him he looks like a normal white guy but he’s biracial. So why can’t a dark skinned guy be multiracial?

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

he is full white…he tryna say hes multiracial to get more publicity…

Anonymous February 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Tyson Beckford looks a fool trying to say he is mixed with Chinese. He almost look as dumb as Tiger Woods who says he is only 1/4 black and Tiger Woods is darker than a lot of Nigerians. There is a tribe in Africa where everyone has slanted eyes and a lot of black people that says they are mixed with Asian are liars. They come from that tribe. Kimora Lee and Amerie are mixed with Asian. This Beckford fool is not.

Gemini August 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm

You sound like a jack ass

fuzzybear September 1, 2010 at 4:39 am

even though it’s not often taught Africa was a revolving door.Not only did they take Africans out ,but they also brought Asians and white in.Plus Black Asiatic people came back to africa on their own.Now because of climate ,some Africans over time have developed those eyes.China and Africa are no strangers to each other.Chinese people are descendants of Africans.Also with back migration,there are many tribes that have that asian lineage.I also forgot about the chinese live in East African in ancient times. However for you to sit there and say because he does look the way you think he should,he can’t be part Asian is just ridiculous

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

kimora lee simmons is full asian tryna pass for black…

Lauren January 26, 2010 at 6:11 am

Finest man in the world

Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Black and asian is such a stunning mix.

ethnic January 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

PANAMAbuay, yeh some sites say that while a lot of other sites say the opposite. Unless we find a direct quote from Mr Beckford himself its hard to say.


PANAMAbuay January 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Wikipedia actually says his father is mixed Afro Panamanian and Jamaican and his mother Jamaican and Chinese…….so yuup always a good mix with panama y Jamaica respect

caucasian gal January 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

‘to all you haters’ thats exactlly what i was going to say.mmm mm

ethnic December 31, 2009 at 1:50 am

really that fine? lol


o December 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

lol yes we hear you

To all u haters December 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Whatever he is he is FINE do yall hear me FINE

daylin October 23, 2009 at 11:02 am

I have never heard of a chinese man with the last name of Beckford, so I think its safe to assume that his mom provided the asian influence

he's fine!! September 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

That’s one Fynnne chocolate kiss!! lol

CARLITO September 15, 2009 at 12:21 am


ethnic September 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Bry, thanks for that.


bry September 11, 2009 at 5:37 am

he is also panamanian

ethnic July 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

thats true. a lot of Chinese were brought over to work in the Caribbean.

char July 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

why would he be related to her? do u know how many people in jamaica are of partial chinese descent? Too many to count…apparently Jamaica was a popular destination for chinese immigrants

ethnic July 2, 2009 at 6:54 am

I havent seen anything about being related to Naomi Campbell.

bluelinexx May 31, 2009 at 3:50 am

Wonder if he’s related to Naomi Campbell?

total23 May 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Lol, I Wouldnt Say That Because They Took Pictures Together Naked!

Beans May 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I think he got those sexy asian eyes

ethnic January 11, 2009 at 2:47 am

some websites like wikipedia say he is half Chinese half Jamaican and others say he has a Chinese grandmother. i tend to believe the latter.

crazycutie January 10, 2009 at 9:02 am

Actually Wikipedia says his father is Jamaican and his mom is Chinese

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