Tyson Beckford: “Celebrities Are Stealing Jobs From Supermodels”
Tyson Beckford wants celebrities to keep their size 8 asses out of the fashion industry.
Despite the fact that the host of Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel crossed over from modeling to acting, he feels it is unfair that actors and musicians keep elbowing their way into the industry that made him one of the premier male models of the 1990s.
You see Tyson believes his chosen people need to be rescued from the evil celebs who keep taking away their fashion magazine covers.
”You have to do a lot of tweaking and airbrushing to get the same from a celebrity that you would get from a model,” Tyson remarked in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. “A lot of celebrities – I’m gonna tell you right now- they’re not 5’11”; they’re not a size 2 to fit into these designer dresses, but the designers want exposure so they’re willing to make the specific dress for that actor or actress to get them to look good on the cover.”
On the upside, Tyson doesn’t think mainstream entertainers will be taking models’ work forever:
“‘It’ll all come back around. One day some designer will wake up and say, `You know what? I don’t want to use Gwyneth Paltrow. I want to use Adriana Lima, I want to use Gisele [Bundchen], I want to go back to the high fashion. I think slowly but surely you’ll see that start happening.”
It’s a new day, Tyson. Designers and magazine editors have a better chance of moving their product if they broker a deal with a celebrity who already has name recognition than if they hire some bland creature from the catwalk that even the most hardcore fashionistas won’t recognize on sight. Futhermore, most of us smile upon seeing people with (somewhat) realistic figures–whose talent we admire– on the cover of Vogue. Folks gravitate toward what they can relate to. Since the world isn’t comprised only of five-foot-eleven, size 2 stick figures, we’re getting a little tired of seeing these skinny minnies plastered all over our billboards–making mainstream celebs the lesser of two evils….