Berniece Julien is an American entrepreneur, but is probably better known for being the now ex-wife of the supermodel Tyson Beckford.

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Early life, family, career

Berniece Julien was born in the United Kingdom, though details of her childhood, family and educational background are still a mystery. It is known that she had been an entrepreneur when she met her now-ex-husband Tyson Beckford, though the sphere of her business is still unknown.

Personal life, ex-husband Tyson Beckford

Berniece met Tyson Beckford in 2006 at a party in Los Angeles. They both instantly felt interest for each other, started dating, and secretly married on 4 January 2007 in a private ceremony in Grenada, the island country in the Caribbean Sea.

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Only close friends and members of their families were invited, and photos were never leaked to the internet. However, the marriage didn’t last long, and Berniece and Tyson divorced in 2009, without having children. Berniece now lives a private life, though earlier she accompanied her husband to various events, including The Didier Drogba Foundation money raising event.

Who is Tyson Beckford?

Early life, family, educational background

Tyson C. Beckford was born on 19 December 1970, in Rochester, New York State USA, so his zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he holds American nationality. His mother was Hillary Dixon Hall, of Afro-Jamaican descent, and his father Lloyd Beckford, of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent.

Though he was born in Rochester, when Tyson turned one-year-old, his mother insisted on moving back to Jamaica, where the family lived for seven years, as multiple relatives and friends of the family could help them there. Later Tyson’s parents moved back to New York, where he matriculated from Pittsford Mendon High School. He later shared that he didn’t enjoy studying at school, as he was often teased and bullied for his appearance.

Modeling career

Tyson started his modeling career in 1992, when he was invited to work for the hip hop magazine The Source. Jeff Jones, the talent scout of the magazine, noticed Tyson’s unusual multi-racial appearance and provided him with a chance to show himself.

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Tyson’s first photo shoot for The Source went very well, and in 1993 he was invited to work for Ralph Lauren, and became the front model of the brand’s new sportswear line for men, entitled Polo. In 1995 he was included on the list called “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” published by People magazine, and the cable TV music channel VH1 named Tyson “Man of the Year”.

Tyson worked hard for two model agencies at once – in New York he was assigned to Soul Artist Management, and in Milan to D’management Group.

In 2003 Tyson was invited as a guest star onto the ABC channel reality game show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”, living with few comfort conditions for several weeks, battling for victory with such celebrities as Downtown Julie Brown, María Conchita Alonso and Melissa Rivers, but losing to Jennifer Lopez’ ex-husband, the dancer Chris Judd.

Hosting and judging model shows and contests

In 2008 Tyson was invited to join Niki Taylor in hosting the modeling show “Make Me a Supermodel” aired on the Bravo channel. Along with Nicole Trunfio, the supermodel from Australia, Tyson mentored young models, teaching them everything they would need in their future work with agencies and employers.

This also helped Tyson to become known in Australia, so he was invited as the guest star host of the Australian version of the show, appearing in several episodes there alongside former Miss Universe, supermodel Jennifer Hawkins. Tyson also hosted the Irish version of the popular modeling TV contest, “Next Top Model”, originally produced and hosted by Tyra Banks in the US.

Appearing in music videos

Since 1992 Tyson has appeared in more than 20 music videos, and Toni Braxton even invited him twice into her short films. He starred in her legendary music video “Unbreak My Heart” (1996), and later admitted that the fear of getting into a car crash (which eventually happened in 2005) haunted him for a very long time.

Tyson mainly appeared in the videos of rappers and hip-hop bands, such as Pet Shop Boys, Ludacris and 50 Cent. In 1995 he was filmed in the Notorious B.I.G.’s music video “One More Chance”, and also appeared in “My Up and Down” music video by Adina Howard the same year. In 1997 he enlarged his list of music videos he appeared in, with Simbi Khali’s “Anywhere You Want” and Cam’ron’s “Horse and Carriage”.

In 2004 Tyson became even more popular after appearing in Britney Spears’ music video “Toxic”, in which he played the role of the sexy half-naked motorcycle rider who took Britney to the place where she was going to steal the toxic liquid to poison her cheating lover.

During filming, Tyson celebrated his birthday, and Britney presented him a small cake and congratulated him, which was shown in MTV’s program “Making the Video”. Among Tyson’s later collaborations with singers there are DJ Khaled’s “Go Hard” (2008), Yola Araujo’s “With Your Love” (2014) and Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” (2015).

Acting career

Tyson is a multi-talented person, so he also tried himself as an actor, appearing in more than 15 movies in minor or episodic roles. He debuted on the silver screen in “Boricua’s Bond” (2000), then made a cameo appearance in “Zoolander” (2001), sharing the screen with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Later he played Lance Racine in the erotic thriller “Trois 2: Pandora’s Box” (2002), Jerome in “Searching for Bobby D” (2005), and Homer Hobbs in “Kings of the Evening” (2007).

Among his latest works in movies there are “Chocolate City” (2014) playing Adrian “Rude Boy”, and “Supermodel” (2015) as Alex.

Personal life, multiple affairs, son Jordan

Tyson has dated several models, switching quickly from one relationship to another. In 1996 he dated Bridget Hall, leaving her for the stylist April Roomet, who gave birth to their son, Jordan Beckford, in 1998, but Tyson broke-up with her in 1999. In 2005 he had a short romance with Alicia Hall, but then met his now-ex-wife Berniece Julien, and married her in 2007. Even though he was married, Tyson was still rumored to have an affair with Imogen Thomas in 2007, and Shanina Shaik, who he worked with on the set of “Make Me A Supermodel” show in 2008. After his divorce from Berniece, he dated Shanina until they eventually broke up in 2015.

Controversy with Kim Kardashian

In August 2018 Tyson got into a controversy with Kim Kardashian after his comment on her photo on Twitter. He wrote he didn’t care for her, as he didn’t consider her ‘real’ since she underwent multiple plastic surgery procedures. Kim noticed the comment and called Tyson “Sis”, hinting on his being a gay. Tyson denied he was a gay, but Kim was crushed with the wave of negative and reproaching comments from thousands of users who considered her comment to be homophobic. The controversy was also fueled by Kim’s husband, Kanye West’s reaction, who was furious about celebrities negatively commenting on the photos of his wife. Tyson removed his Twitter after the controversy.

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Charity

In September 2008, Berniece and Tyson appeared at several charity events which supported the victims of domestic violence. They were both active members of the National RESPECT! Campaign, and Tyson even once recorded a special voice message for the project’s site, Giverespect.org, explaining the importance of being respectful to everybody.

Appearance

Berniece has dark brown middle-length hair and hazel eyes. She is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs).

Net worth and salary

Berniece Julien has an estimated net worth of $1 million, while her ex-husband Tyson Beckford’s wealth is estimated at over $16 million. He once shared that he got $40,000 for one minute of actual work, and was even embarrassed to take such a huge amount of money for such little work.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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