People: Dec. 13, 1999

A TALE OF TWO TYSONS

Totem International, a company that sells "gay" dolls, recently debuted Tyson, an African-American muscleman with a shaved head. So, was the inspiration boxer Mike Tyson and/or male supermodel Tyson Beckford? Totem denies the doll is based on a living person, but toy Tyson does have similarities to the other two.

TYSON DOLL TYSON BECKFORD MIKE TYSON

"fun-loving, gregarious, outgoing kind of guy" yes no has tattoos yes yes "gets into all sorts of mischief" no yes has a following among gay men yes no "breathtakingly gorgeous" yes no often wears little more than underwear yes yes...

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