the age of 24, Tyrone Edmond has experienced both pain and loss. Losing
his mother at the tender age of nine and later watching his friend lose
the battle with AIDS, Tyrone Edmond has undoubtedly lived a full life.
who is Tyrone Edmond? I got the chance to sit down with the Haitian
Native and find out just who he is and what he's
did you grow up?
I grew up in Haiti and I moved to Miami Florida when I was 15 years
old. I love this country man, a lot of great things are here, there
are so many opportunities that I wouldnt have in my country. So
Im trying to take the advantage and opportunity of living here
and turning it into something positive
What was the neighborhood that you grew up in like in Haiti?
Very poor, my neighborhood had no opportunities. It was hard, and still
is, to get any type of education there, you want to go to school but
you cant because most of the schools are private, you can't afford
that! And there are no real public schools that we could attend. I also
lost my mother when I was nine, and that definitely contributed to how
hard life was.
I was raised by an American missionary family when my mother past away.
Do you have any siblings?
I have a little sister, shes a beautiful 15 year old. She attends
school in Haiti. She loves it there. Shes thinking about attending
college here in America but for now she wants to stay there. Shes
my responsibility, I send her money and such.
is one of your main motivational tools? Would thinking about your mother
Its one of them. Living life poverty stricken is very tough. I
know what its like to wake up in the morning and not have anything to
eat, to want to attend school and not be able to is all to familiar
to me. I can relate with impoverished kids and I want to help them.
So that goal, to help those in need is enough motivation.
Tell me about
TyroneTyrone was an African American brother that I met when I first
arrived in this country. Initially upon my arrival I didn't know any
English, and he was like a big brother to me he sort of took me under
his wing. He was hustlin at the time but he didnt want me
to follow him in the game, so he sort of molded me into
who I am today, by keeping me away from such negative devices. He not
too long ago passed away from a long bought with AIDS. I miss him dearly.
Im still very cool with his mother and he remains today to be
the biggest loss that Ive ever had to face.
When you came to America what was your goal? What did you want to
When I came to America I never thought of becoming a model. I wanted
to finish school, finish my biology major. I had attended the University
of Miami for a few years. All the things that are happening now I never
expected or planned for, thats why I dont take it for granted.
There are a lot of things I can do other than modeling Im not
sticking to that alone, I can help kids, create programs, help kids
learn more about fashion. Right now my modeling career is allowing me
the great opportunity to help others.
did you actually get into modeling?
I met Tommy Hilfiger in 1997, he was doing a book signing for his book
All American in the Union Square Barnes and Nobles. I went
there to get my copy signed, he looked at me for a bit and told me that
I had an interesting look, he referred me to his brother
Andy Hilfiger who was also at the signing and he gave me their card
but I was still in school so I didnt pursue it. About two years
later I was coaxed by friends to try it out, so I went to a modeling
firm called Q Models and every since then things have been poppin
You have been compared to the likes of Tyson Beckford, one of the
biggest African American model in the industry, how does that feel?
It feels great! But Ive been compared too a lot of people, like
Taye Diggs even Usher. People have different opinions you know? But
Tyson Beckford to me is like one of the greatest African American male
models out there now, I feel that he has opened the door for a lot of
the black males in the industry now. Because there was a time when they
would never look to us for beauty and fashion so I believe that Tyson
definitely paved the way.