The 50 Most Beautiful People
Kudos! Kudos! Kudos! It's about time Jeff Corwin got some recognition. You did good. You did real good.
Jiyoung Kim, Wilmette, Ill.

Way to go, PEOPLE, for putting the First Lady of Heavy Metal, Sharon Osbourne, in your lineup. This gracefully aging, tattooed beauty has battled her weight and won, while maintaining her sassy sense of humor and fierce loyalty to her family. Rock on, Sharon!
Kristine Gaffney, Fort Polk, La.

Oh my God! Thank you for putting Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon in your issue. He's such a superbabe. But my only complaint was that your choice of picture wasn't large enough to enjoy the beauty that he is.
Yolanda Paladino, Los Angeles, Calif.

Where was Benicio Del Toro? He makes all the rest of the guys, with the exception of Denzel Washington, look like schoolkids. I am old enough to be his mother, but I don't feel maternal toward him. That guy rocks!
Nollie Taylor, Gresham, Ore.

I'm amazed that you left Tom Welling from Smallville off your list. I've been happily married for 20 years, but that young man makes my 16-year-old daughter and me sigh every time the camera focuses on him.
Dawn Ackerman, Ocala, Fla.

Every day I become angrier and sadder at the shallowness displayed by the American media and its focus on young beauty. Your selection was mostly young, white and bland. Is this based on the highest-paying PR agency? The most recent movie or TV show ratings? What? It's certainly not based on stunning beauty.
Rebecca Jamison, San Francisco, Calif.

Oh, PEOPLE, please! I have never been so ashamed of your choices. When did being self-centered and controlling, showing off your body and claiming to be an innocent become beautiful?
Apryl Carlington, Lacey, Wash.

Mascara, massages and matinee idols. What about the faces of the firefighters who risked not vanity but mortality to save those in the World Trade Center? Or the widow who must put on her bravest face as she goes about her life? Has so much time passed that you have already forgotten these beautiful people?
Kevin Larkin, Studio City, Calif.

To whom do I return my issue? I think a page or two may have been torn out. I looked for my photo, but I could not find it.
Sid Kaskey, Miami, Fla.

You chose Nicole Kidman to grace the cover when Halle Berry has had the most incredible year of her life. I am so saddened by this blatant disregard for someone who has made history. Your selection committee should be ashamed of failing to acknowledge Halle's year of accomplishments that were unprecedented.
Vanessa L. Rice, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Nicole Kidman is a very beautiful woman. Eat your heart out, Tom! She's doing fine on her own.
Jennifer A. Ward, Fort White, Fla.

Dr. Regina Benjamin
Nicole Kidman is gorgeous, but the most beautiful person in your magazine this week was Dr. Regina Benjamin. I almost didn't read that article after all those stories about the stars, but I am glad that I did. Dr. Benjamin represents true beauty with her selflessness and loving, giving nature.
Colleen Schmidt, Sanford, Fla.

Lisa Lopes
Thank you so very much for the great article on Lisa Lopes. I have been a fan since the album Ooooooohhh...on the TLC Tip and was saddened by her death. TLC was such a great group. My condolences go out to Tionne and Rozonda. Keep kickin' your game, girls!
Brittney Simon, Phoenix, Ariz.

Rosalind Wiseman
Thanks for your story about Rosalind Wiseman. I was one of those "wannabes" and know firsthand how cruel teenage girls can be. It is good to know that there is someone who is taking the necessary steps to help these girls to stand up for themselves and, at the same time, show the "queen bees" that the girls they are bullying are not so very different from themselves.
Marika Schilling, San Diego, Calif.