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TYSON BECKFORD: Back In Fashion with Latest 'Supermodel' Assignment

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By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices

Tyson Beckford is ready for his close-up -- again.

The BV Newswire has learned that the chisel-chest hottie -- also known as "the first black male supermodel" will be the host of Bravo's upcoming reality show 'Make Me A Supermodel.'

Along with fellow former supermodel Niki Taylor, Beckford will be the ringleader of the show, which is based on the successful UK series where beautiful and talented men and women are selected and will compete for a chance to launch their modeling career and win $100,000.

According to a network spokesperson, 'Supermodel' is scheduled to premiere in the first quarter of 2008.

Viewers will vote each week to determine who stays to walk the "Supermodel" catwalk again and who goes home.

Over a 12-week period, these hopefuls will live together in a New York City apartment and explore life while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential.

Beckford, who guest stars on Tyra Banks' wildly popular 'America's Next Top Model' this week, is one of the most respected and well-known male supermodels in the world.

Discovered and nurtured by fashion powerhouse Bethann Hardison, his modeling career exploded when he appeared in the Fall 1994 Polo Sport campaign. He soon landed an exclusive multi-year contract with Ralph Lauren and served as the spokesmodel, shilling everything from underwear, clothing and fragrances.

In June 2005, Beckford was injured in a car accident near his West New York, New Jersey home. His vehicle caught fire, but he was able to pull himself out before it became fully engulfed in flames.

On the comeback trail, he recently appeared in music videos including 50 Cent's chart topping '21 Questions,' and the Grammy Award-winning song 'Toxic' by Britney Spears.

He recently hosted the car show, Fine Tuned and will appear in the upcoming films 'Hotel California' and 'Kings of the Evening.'

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