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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/25/2007

Tyra Banks: A Lot to Love

By Liz Kelly

Tyra Banks (right) shakes it for Janet Jackson. (AP)


There's so much love floating around this blog lately, I'm starting to feel like a Care Bear (this one, actually). Yesterday I gushed about Mark Wahlberg and today I can't seem to stop myself from praising Tyra Banks, who in defiance of her kooky/corny talk show persona, went and said something sensible.

Here's what Banks did to deserve such a big Valentine: In the latest issue of People the 161-pound former supermodel strikes back at tabloids that ran a photo of her in a bathing suit accompanied by the headline "America's Next Top Waddle."

Says Banks:

"I get so much mail from young girls who say, 'I look up to you, you're not as skinny as everyone else, I think you're beautiful.' So when they say that my body is 'ugly' and 'disgusting,' what does that make those girls feel like?"

Here's what I say: You go, girl.

A few curves -- as sported by Banks, Kate Winslet, Beyonce and Drew Barrymore tend to be easier on the eyes than the my-skeleton-is-trying-to-escape-my-body look increasingly sported by starlets like Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, the Olsen twins, Kate Bosworth (who has recently returned to a more normal shape) and Keira Knightley (though she's suing a British tabloid for calling her anorexic).

That's all. Carry on.

By Liz Kelly  | January 25, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

Yay Tyra!

Yay yay yay!

I hear her about those DDs making clothes hard to find. She should spring for the reduction...and mine, too! :)

Posted by: EmyLiz | January 25, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

You go Tyra! Love the curves!! Skin and bones models and actresses make me sick to my stomach! I feel safe in saying I speak for the majority of heterosexual men.

Posted by: E | January 25, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Drew Barrymore is not easy on the eyes. Nor is she easy on the ears with that horrible speech impediment. You'd think with all the money Lionel and John made over the years the family would have the cash for a decent speech pathologist.

Posted by: Jaydees | January 25, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Ya know I am not surprized that Tyra stuck it to that tabloid. I remember watching an episode of Top Model (way back when Janice I-am-scary Dixinson was on the show) when Tyra got upset at Janice and Nigel because they told some contestant that she needed to lose weight. Tyra flipped! She told both of them that they were the reason young girls had eating disorders and if they were going to have that attitude they didn't need to be judges. It was fantastic! I gave her a little round of applause from my couch. So I say, rock on with your bad self Tyra.

Posted by: Melissa | January 25, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

All I'd like to add is that I really like those Dove beauty ads with real sized women in them.

Posted by: nto bluto | January 25, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Amen to that, Liz!! Tyra looks fab, as does Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, et al. Real women DO have curves ...

Posted by: C. | January 25, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Tyra is ridiculous, but I do admire her size/weight. Congratulations, Tyra...
...
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you're still in the running...
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towards becoming...
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America's Next Plus-Size Model.

[thank you for believing in me]

Posted by: miss belle | January 25, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I would take Tyra more seriously if she would treat the ONE plus size model on Top Model with more respect. The one time she had a plus size model she didnot bother to have enought outfits for her to model and acted like it was hard to find clothes for her. Most of themodels she has on Top Model look anorexic so she needs to walk the walk.

Posted by: plus | January 25, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with plus -- if Tyra really felt there was nothing wrong with her body and that she looks good at her size then why do all the models on the Top Model show all look like they need to eat something other than cucumbers.

Posted by: Lexy | January 25, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

In addition to Drew, Tyra and Kate, I would add America Ferrera from "Ugly Betty".

Posted by: Lisa | January 25, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

How long can Posh's chicken neck continue to support the weight of those ridiculous shades?

Posted by: SMACK | January 25, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It's so nice - she looks like a normal person in that picture!

Posted by: mfd | January 25, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I think that when you're 6ft tall and muscular, as Miss T. is, you should be sturdily built, and 161 seems perfectly good to me. Those other little starlets are probably about 5ft, and have no good role models to tell them that they should strive to weigh more than 80 pounds.

Tyra hearkens back to the days of the "glamizon" models, when they were all tall and strong and gorgeous. Why did the lettuce-diet girls get cool again?! Those who subsist on cocktails, cigarettes, and the garnish from their boyfriends' meals? Ooh, and maybe gum.

Posted by: Maritza | January 25, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

skinny people are just hungry

Posted by: yeah | January 25, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I support curves but she could lose a little of them thighs. She doesnt have to go to Nicole Richie but if she got into the Drew or Beyonce nighborhood thatd be cool.

Posted by: Stick | January 25, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Drew Barrymore is not easy on the eyes. Nor is she easy on the ears with that horrible speech impediment. You'd think with all the money Lionel and John made over the years the family would have the cash for a decent speech pathologist.

I've never noticed this? Has anyone else?

Posted by: Irish girl | January 25, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Curves are real and beautiful. Women come in all shapes and sizes and it's good for all of us, especially young girls, to see this.

Posted by: reality | January 25, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Some junk in the trunk is such a nice thing, as long as it doesn't get to the unhealthy phase. It's far better than those twigs walking on runways or in movies. Women with shape (we call them PHAT...and that's a good thing) is, well it's just art at it's best.

Posted by: FW | January 25, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they gave the actual weight - 161. Most men, I suspect, have no idea what women (even skinny women) weigh.

A 5'11" male knows he weighs about 165 but somehow thinks a normal 5'11" woman weighs 120. They apparently think women have hollow bones, or their muscles weigh less or something.

Posted by: Kari | January 25, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Kari, that's partially because every single woman in the world lists her weight as 120-125, regardless of height. anorexics don't want to admit they're only 95 lbs b/c then it would be obvious they have issues. normal sized women don't want to admit they way 150 because that sounds too big, I guess. but if every woman was just honest about their respective weight, it would go a long way towards everyone understanding what reasonable is.

and before you go blaming men for all of women's weight issues, I GUARANTEE you it was not a straight man that decided to run that picture with that caption. Tyra may be crazy but she's still hot.

Posted by: HS | January 25, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm 5'4 and 145 and I look great. Rock on Tyra!

Posted by: JennJenn | January 25, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

First off, I hate that the hollywood euphamism for fat is curves. Fat, as in hollywood standards. Fat as in anyone over a size 4. I cringe when I read about 'curvy' women in articles.

Tyra looks great- I would have never, ever looked at her and thought "Fat". In fact, if I would kill to have a body like hers- and this is coming from a 5'1 130 lb woman. I hope Tryra's article brings back some sense to hollywood and all of thier standards.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

looks like Tyra needs some of those Posh Spice "ridiculous" shades ... what's with the scowl Tyra? You're at the beach, where it's going to be SUNNY, so bring the sunglasses.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Tyra don't worry about what these sick, underweight people are saying because you are just fine. Skin and bones models and actresses make me sick to my stomach! I feel safe in saying I speak for the majority of heterosexual men. The problem is white American, European, Russian women especially have real self esteem problems and they have tried to say their 95 lbs should be the standard, then they turn around and try to get a normal bottom by putting implants, changing the way their faces look (cats), it's as if they are confused.
West Indian, Caribbean, Black Americans really don't have those self esteem issues. We may have other stuff but we know who we are and what defines beauty and you surely do Tyra. Please do not let the sick society make you believe your weight is abnormal

Posted by: JoAnn | January 25, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

that's partially because every single woman in the world lists her weight as 120-125.

HS, you've met every single woman in the world and know their weight?? WOW. I'm impressed except, I must be left off that list because I'm 5'4 and 150 pounds and love how I look and feel. Have no problems sharing it. How about we discuss about how men say that are athletic but yet they have about 5 inches of blubber around their gut from sitting on the couch and drinking beer. Point being men don't tell the truth about their weight either.

Posted by: Sharon | January 25, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

WOW Sharon! I'm NOT impressed that you were incapable of picking up on my hyperbole!

I was addressing the fact that there's no way most men would know what an average woman weighs because most/some/a few (insert whichever word you deem appropriate, but you know what I'm getting at is right) women aren't even honest with themselves about what they're actual weight is.

And don't get too snippy with me, since I suspect you and I agree on this issue more than you realize.

by the way, I'm 6'2" and 210 lbs., which is about thirty pounds (from sitting on the couch and drinking) more than I weighed in college. how's that for starting the discussion? now that we've both been honest about our weights, everyone else come clean and we can finally rid ourselves of this stupid debate about whether a healthy woman is "fat" and a sickly woman is "hot"

Posted by: HS | January 25, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Amen Tyra!

For such a long time I agonized over the number on the scale, but I basically figured out that isn't the best way to assess body image. I'm 5'7, weigh 160 lbs., and wear a size 8, which, contrary to Hollywood opinion, isn't fat. I have never looked healthier in my life, and I'm glad there is a small but growing number of stars speaking up against these distorted images of beauty!

Posted by: JK | January 25, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of guys that prefer women have some meat on their bones instead of the anorexic look. Now, if I can only get them to prefer tall hippie-looking guys.

Posted by: BF | January 25, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Tyra is happy with herself, but, it does show hypocrisy when the larger girls on her modeling show don't have a prayer of actully getting to the end, much less winning. She doesn't look huge in that "fat" photo, but that strapless swim suit doesn't come close to supporting her 'girls' at all.

Posted by: grl | January 25, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"I support curves but she could lose a little of them thighs. She doesnt have to go to Nicole Richie but if she got into the Drew or Beyonce nighborhood thatd be cool."

Sigh. Part of the problem here is that no one is ever good enough. No one's body is ever good enough. A person (male or female) can have a total smokin' bod and there will always be one thing to nitpick about. This goes for slender people, thin people, average-sized people, heavier people, whatever. It's no wonder people make themselves insane and occasionally very ill obsessing about the shape of their bodies. The prevailing attitude is "sure...I guess it looks nice...but it can always look better." Argh.

Posted by: janie | January 25, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

miss belle, you are consistently hilarious so hooray for you.

Right now I'm smiling with my eyes ... now I'm not ... now I am again ... see the difference?

Posted by: KG | January 25, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

you could try cutting off your ponytail, BF, and stop wearing tie-dye and birkenstocks.

just a thought.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Recently I found out I had hyperthyrodism which made me lose alot of weight (down to 115 lbs). When I finally got that under control and gained weight again (back to 140 lbs.), I have had more compliments then i did when i was god awful skinny. I have stayed a constant 140 for the last 6 months and I have to say I am happier with my curves and my clothes fit much better.

And I have a bone to pick with retailers who like to carry an abundance of sizes 0-4. By the time I get into the store sizes 6-8 are gone. And the clearance rack is full of 0-4. This should be an indication to retailers that they need to stock less of the 0-4 and more 6-8.

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bored... | January 25, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey BF, I was married to a very tall, hippie-looking guy. :-) Everyone is attracted to different characteristics, so don't worry.

Posted by: San Diego | January 25, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Tyra... skinny is not good - I am 5'7" and 127lbs (I had pneumonia) and trying to get up thp 140 - it's healthier, looks much healthier and I feel much better about myself

Posted by: Gaining | January 25, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

and another reason guys don't understand how big or small women are -- sizing! I know what it means when someone says they wear 34x32 pants. But what the hell is a 2 or an 8? How much bigger is a size 12 than 10? I have no concept of what size that is in relation to actual human beings.

So I guess there's really no shame, ladies, in admitting that you wear a size 14, or whatever, because no guy knows what that actually means.

Posted by: HS | January 25, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I must admit I used to be one of the stick figures and as I look back at photos of myself before putting on some weight (5'9" 155 lbs) and quite frankly that's still not a lot of weight. I can understand why everyone kept trying to feed me.

As long as Tyra and everyone is healthy there is nothing wrong with having clothes that look like a person is wearing them rather than a hanger. Shame on People and the fool who came up with that caption. It's utterly ridiculous.

Posted by: petal | January 25, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

in defense of tyra's treatment of heavier models on her show, she did explain at one point that the business is the business and you have to conform on some level. she said that when she was runway modeling she "paid her dues" by striving to look like a runway model. now that she's on a different level of her career she doesn't have to do that anymore. she was basically telling one of the girls who was over-eating that she couldn't use Tyra as a benchmark for how she should look as a model because Tyra wasn't runway modeling anymore. I thought that made sense. of course, if Tyra wants to use ANTM to change some of the standards in the business, then she does indeed need to walk the walk.

Posted by: cin | January 25, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree with it all, but barrymore and winslet's "curves" are not even in the same area code with Beyonce's curves...

Posted by: HC | January 25, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

yeah - I am 5'5 and 145 pounds and I never lie about my weight. I do however have a great friend who has major body issues and is anoxeric. I try to convince her it is not healthy, etc. but it is hard when so many people compliment her on how great she looks. I can't change, that but I wish I could. Just because all these people say and believe that does not mean it is healthy. Sigh, at least we are moving a little bit more away from the super skinny - let's keep it up. By the way, my friend is not young, she is 39 - this happens to women of all ages.

Posted by: Patricia Kay | January 25, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ladies, admitting you weigh 150 lbs. is nothing. I'm up to 175, but I run, and all my other numbers are perfect. And the guys still gawk at the girls.

Posted by: Feeling kinda huge | January 25, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

No, women must feel self-conscience about how they look so they can continue to prop up the multi-billion dollar health, cosmetics, and weight-control industries. To do anything else would be downright un-American. So all of you fatties out there, lose some weight. And once you've lost it all, we will call you too skinny and you will gain it all back. Paying to do so, every time. Thus stimulating the economy, like the good patriots you are. God bless the USA.

Posted by: bob | January 25, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I too think Tyra looks great! It makes me angry that we are programmed to worry about the numbers on the scale and not our overall well being! Kudos to Tyra for blasting back at the sickly skinny obsessed media! I wish we'd see more models on the runway that are REAL WOMEN!!!!

Posted by: struggle weight | January 25, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for healthy role models and celebrating the non-scarecrow ideal of beauty, but to those of you who say Tyra looks great in that photo, you either need to clean off your computer screen or you're just saying that to make a point. She doesn't look great - not compared to the other celebs mentioned - Winslet, Barrymore, and ESPECIALY Beyonce.

Posted by: Hmm | January 25, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"janie" got it right.

There will always be people who delight in nitpicking over perceived imperfections in someone else's body/attire. And the sad thing is--take a look at who's doing the nitpicking. They're usually not so perfect themselves.

Posted by: sen | January 25, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Now, hold on.

The stories aren't about her being 161 pounds, as if that's a crime. The stories are about her balloing up to 161 pounds. She wasn't 161 pounds before. There is nothing responsible about balloning up to a much larger size because of overeating and poor exercise habits. That sends a terrible message to young girls. If you're healthy and just happen to be large, your weight wouldn't dramatically shift; it'd be stable.

The problem is that Ms. Banks weight has dramatically shifted, upward. It should be just as disgusting for a woman to starve herself to near death as for one to pig out like a filthy glutton.

Posted by: Common Sense | January 25, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

how tall is tyra?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

the real question, though, Common Sense, is whether we the public need to know what Tyra looks like on the beach. if no one knew she "ballooned" to 160, would it still be a terrible message?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Gaining weight in your 20s, when you were previously underweight, is actually heavy. I personally know very tall women who weigh in that range and look skinny. Believe it or not, I'd say the camera is adding pounds to Tyra.

Posted by: healthy girl | January 25, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Tyra is PHAT and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: larry gregory | January 25, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

common sense, Most likely, the reason she "balooned" to 161 is becuase she got off the model diet. She's probably eating bread, pasta, meat, fruits, you know, things other than lettuce. Unless you are blessed with great genes (Giselle) it takes hard, hard work and major dicipline to have a model's body. Tyra looks just fine the way she does. Liz's top picture is great and the one in her swimsuit is just fine as well.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm no stick figure but the ideas that "real women have curves" and "real bodies" have meat on them are totally bogus. Thin women are just as real as fat women -- they just have faster metabolisms, disciplined workout regimens, or genetics that predispose them to that body type. What matters more than body type is self-esteem, and whether yours is healthy or not. And healthy means you don't bash anyone for being too fat or too thin.

Posted by: jagshemash | January 25, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

For whoever was asking, Tyra is 5'10 and she's admitted on ANTM that baby-back ribs are her weakness.

Posted by: ty ty baby | January 25, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

A woman who weighas 161 on a 5 foot 10 inch frame is just FINE by me. You call that fat? NO WAY!!!

Posted by: Mister Methane | January 25, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

depends on how the 161 is distributed on the 5'10"

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

shes like 10 pounds over perfect but shes happy let her be

Posted by: tyraaah | January 25, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I am almost the exact same size as Tyra, 5'11", about 160 (fluctuates about 5 pounds between 158-163 given what time of day I weigh myself and other stuff). My body mass index is 22, which is perfect. I work out about 5 times per week. When I was in my 20s I weighed about 127-130 and am now 35 and I look GREAT. All the guys at the gym think I'm fit and fine. The point is, I'm definitely in healthy range, which makes Tyra in healthy range. I can't speak to her fitness, but it is probably decent.

I had hypothyroiditis about 4 or 5 years ago and abruptly lost 20 pounds and it was HORRIBLE. I probably looked like these anorexic models now, but I was miserable and unhealthy. Far underweight. I was so happy to get get past 150lbs. For reference my BMI was under 18 during that time, which is just totally unhealthy.

Tyra does not need to lose any weight. She may need to get fit, but that depends on stuff we don't know (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.). But her problems are definitely not weight. My idol in this is Serena Williams. And in her current shape they call her "not fit" but she still made it to the finals of the Australian Open! A healthy strong woman is not going to be void of muscle and therefore any weight. Anyone who wants women to look like that is just trying to oppress them. As someone who was naturally thin, I recognize fast metabolism and good genes mean I'll probably never be really big, I have almost always been healthy and when I wasn't it was horrible. Rock on, Tyra!

Posted by: Karen | January 25, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that that pix is of a 5'10" 161 pound woman.
More like 190 or even 200.
She likely has personal problems that have affected her self esteem.


Posted by: Harry | January 25, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

KG...I like what you're doing, but where's your NECK?!

Posted by: miss belle | January 25, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Even though Tyra is totally self-obsessed, I really do like her. Can't wait for the next ANTM!

Posted by: Sara | January 26, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I just want to say, I'm 5'7" and 148lbs and am totally happy with that.

Posted by: Proud | January 26, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Tyra looks beautiful however I do believe she is heavier than 161.

Posted by: Marie | January 26, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Drew B. and Kate W. look skinny to me. Keira K looks like hell in that picture. I say don't buy tabloids like People if they're so out of touch and insulting to the real world. I know I won't.

Posted by: Amy` | January 26, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Y'all need to get off of Tyra. We should admire her for taking a stand against the modeling industry and doing what she believes in and being who she is. She doesn't owe anything to anyone because she has paid her dues.

Posted by: Tyra fan | January 26, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tyra, you just made my day! I think you look wonderful! Thank you for being honest and sharing your weight.

Posted by: tricia | January 27, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I need to point out something very important...
according to...
BMI Categories:
* Underweight = <18.5
* Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
* Overweight = 25-29.9
* Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Tyra being 5 10 and 161 makes her BMI 23.1
to have a BMI of 21.5 (in the normal range)
she would weigh 150 thats ten pounds you can lose that going to the bathroom and drinking 8 glasses of water in two days time...
People need to lay off the girl she is beautiful...
I would also like to point out I way 155 i am 5 5 and I wear an 8! im curvy and fit my waist is a 32 try and call me fat!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Tyra's right
or
I looked like hell at 17.1 BMI

I recently suffered from a 3 month intestinal illness that caused me to drop from a health 123 on my 40 year old 5 foot 4.5 inch frame to a very scary 103 in 5 weeks time. I was shocked and appalled at the number of people how gave me compliments on "looking great" or "losing the baby weight".

I WAS WALKING DEATH at that weight - bones sticking out and everything. I've always been thin but this was ridiculous. I was so darn weak I couldn't enjoy playing with my kids they way I wanted to. Even a "gentle yoga" class was too much for me.

The truly shocking thing was that all of the compliments came from WOMEN - the few men that said anything were all concerned with my health. I am not talking about a group of metro twenty-somethings working in fashion - I am talking about my fellow 40-ish moms in middle-class suburbia, my 50ish neighbor who is a retired rocket scientist with a list of degrees and accolades as long as Tyra's legs and my own mother who has co-authored a book on healthy living a body image for young girls. There is something truly wrong with society and our image of what looks good. I applaud Tyra for fighting a good fight.

There are those who might argue that "thin is healthy" by citing the dangers of obesity from a heath perspective. I want to comment as someone with a family history of CVD and diabetes.

I am wearing red today as part of "wear red day" to highlight the issue of women's heart disease. I truly believe that we should all watch what we eat in terms of avoiding saturated and trans fat, empty calories and too much sugar and salt. We should know our blood pressure numbers (free readings at many pharmacies and food stores- including Wal Mart) and get blood sugar and lipid level checks (LDL and HDL) when we can (curse my insurance provider) and know our BMIs. We should strive to maintain a healthy weight - not too high not too low. The CDC recommendations for my height is a weight of 110 to 148 pounds. That is a huge range!!

BUT - a "healthy" weight does not mean rail thin!!!

After 2 months of health I am back up to 113 and looking forward to putting on some more pounds - I am better looking size 6 then a size 2.

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Tyra is great for standing up against being a stick and having about 20 calories a day. A lot of teenage girls starve themselves until they are under 100 lbs and that is just way too skinny. For all the girls that in the 150-165 lb range, its nice to see someone like Tyra being a normal size

Posted by: average teenage girl | February 17, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear from so many women who are happy and confident with their bodies the way they are. There are a lot of myths perpetrated by Hollywood about what men and women like in the opposite sex. As a man, I find self-confidence to be sexy, no matter what size you are. And people shouldn't be obsessed with how much they weigh. Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat. Besides, it's just a number! 161 lbs can look Tyra fabulous, or it can look terrible. Shape, proportions --and most importantly-- how you carry yourself, have a lot more to do with how you look than the number on your driver's license. Loving your body and yourself is sexy. Much love to all the women here who are confident in their own beauty, no matter what size you are!

Posted by: SG | February 20, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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