Taye Diggs Credits Tyson Beckford for Making Him Like His Skin Color

Taye Diggs Credits Tyson Beckford for Making Him Like His Skin Color

Taye Diggs credits Tyson Beckford for making him like his skin color. The actor says he grew more comfortable after the model was hailed as beautiful.

Published January 18, 2012

There might not be a shortage of women who think the world of Taye Diggs' sexy self, but it took the actor a while before he felt comfortable with his own looks. In fact, it wasn't until he saw other dark-skinned men being touted as attractive by the media that he started getting over his issues with his skin color.

"When I got into high school I started to hear, just from the Black community, everybody is more attracted to the light skin girls and the light skin dudes with the light eyes,” he said in an interview with MyBrownBaby.com. "And from within the race the light skin Black people and lighter brown people would make fun of the darker people. So then it was a completely different kind of struggle."

"And then, funnily enough, it was when dark-skinned men, and this was just from my perspective, there seemed to be a shift where all of a sudden we saw Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Tyson Beckford. I’m still trying to figure out how this came to be. For me, when I saw Tyson Beckford hailed as this beautiful man by all people, that caused a shift in my being,” he added.

Diggs, who has a 2-year-old biracial son with actress Idina Menzel, recently published a children's book titled Chocolate Me to help kids become comfortable with who they are and what they look like.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos


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