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updated 02/26/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/2007 01:00AM

TYRA BANKS

"I have new-found respect for Tyra. She went from high-fashion runway model to high-class role model"
Theresa Urbanchek
Nashotah, Wisc.

Reader response to our "You Call This Fat?" cover proved so overwhelming that Tyra Banks is devoting her Feb. 26 show to your letters. She will have women discuss how the story inspired them to embrace their bodies, and she will kick off her "So what?" campaign, encouraging women to reject the idea that you have to be a size 0 to be beautiful.

Bravo to Tyra for facing up to the media and their relentless obsession with her weight. She is one of the most beautiful women in the world. She has class, intelligence, fabulous looks and two successful TV shows. If that is what being fat looks like, then for 2007 fat is the new style. Keep up the good work.
Alma Little
Windsor Mill, Md.

Tyra Banks is an inspiration to women of every age, size and shape. I immediately handed the magazine to my 12-year-old daughter to read. Tyra's healthy attitude and positive self-esteem make her a great role model. Shame on critics who think that skeletal women are sexy.
Laura Iervasi
Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.

As a young woman reading your article, I was inspired and encouraged. Tyra is beautiful and intelligent, and I have so much respect for her determination to speak out. It's great to know she is positively influencing so many women of all ages and backgrounds to be proud of who they are. Thanks, Tyra.
Carrie Williams
Bunker Hill, W.Va.

I respect Tyra for being honest, but doesn't she realize it's just as unhealthy to eat with abandon as it is to starve yourself? If sausage for breakfast, burgers and fries for lunch and steak for dinner is not a recipe for future clogged arteries, I don't know what is.
Stephanie Mariduena
Chicago, Ill.

Tyra Banks made millions presenting her body as the way a woman's body should be. She helped cause scores of women to belittle themselves because of weight issues. Now, after going to the bank fat and happy, she has joined the ranks of those she belittled. She wants to have her cake and eat it too.
Terry Carney
Portland, Ore.

SHAWN HORNBECK

It sounds as if Shawn Hornbeck is being blamed for his kidnapping and for staying with his captor. Ludicrous! I can only imagine the horror he felt being taken. Who knows how he was then treated? It's a crime that gossips are focusing on the unknown to satisfy their grotesque interest. His ordeal is not our mystery.
A. Thackston
Hermosa Beach, Calif.

ART BUCHWALD

Art Buchwald convincingly showed that the best way to get even with pain, loneliness and depression is through humor. The world is far better off because of him.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach, Calif.

CANCER CONTROVERSY

Readers praised our candid interview with Marissa Jaret Winokur in which she described her battle with cervical cancer, the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus that causes it, and a new vaccine that may prevent the spread of HPV. "HPV is dangerous, and all girls should receive the new vaccine prior to becoming sexually active," writes Sally Naporano of Alpharetta, Ga. "Kudos to Marissa for speaking out." While praising Marissa's efforts, others feel there is a better way to prevent HPV from spreading. "After going through a year of biopsies and surgeries to remove precancerous cells from my cervix," writes an anonymous reader from Kalamazoo, Mich., "I am scared to have sex. For now I am going to stick to my only proven option to avoid HPV: celibacy."

Correction: In our Feb. 19 issue we incorrectly stated that the comedy Norbit is rated R. The film is rated PG-13.

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