Were You A Real-Life Ugly Betty?

01/11/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

Do you know what it feels like to be smart, hard-working . . . and completely underrated because of the way you look? Then we want to hear your story! PEOPLE magazine is looking for real life “Ugly Bettys,” who like the character America Ferrera plays on the popular TV show, are “an ordinary girl – a slightly plump plain-Jane,” as ABC puts it. Maybe, like Betty, your intelligence, warm heart and hard work is overlooked because you aren’t as glamorous as your competition (a.k.a. Amanda).

How did you manage to get ahead despite your offbeat appearance? What pressures did you feel to fit in and how did you face them? What’s the meanest thing anyone ever said to you? Did you ultimately decide to undergo a makeover — and, if so, why? If not — how did you get people to take you seriously? What advice would you give to all the other “Ugly Bettys” out there?

Click here to submit your digital photos and a summary of your story, in 200 words or less, to PEOPLE. And remember: Ugly is the new Beautiful!

Photo: RON TOM/abc

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kimberly on

i think that they would do a show but in spanish that will be so funny!

Marisa S on

Love the show….I’m P.R. & i love the representation of Hispanics, old- school(America Ferrera) and new school (Salma Hayek).

jenna on

I love betttyyyy !!
Shes my hero !!
i love her braces and how she has food stuck in them ..
its so attractive .
my firned looks just liek her
but uglier
she is getting her hair permantly straighnted and braces off and everybrowes waaxed { theres gonna be a whole head of hair on those puppies }
i love my friend
asprin shes so sweet and smart im so pretty and skinny and BLONDE!!! unlike UGHLY betty

Monica on

I have to say all the shows I normally watch are crime dramas but I got the scoop two episodes in that “Ugly Betty” was good and unlike anything else on tv so I set the tivo and viola.
I’ve been hooked since, its funny, inspiring, interesting and it doesn’t matter who you are you can not help but LOVE Betty, shes fantastic anyone who hasn’t watched this better tune in you wont want to miss out.

GO UGLY BETTY we love you America Ferrera!

S on

I love this show!!! America is a great role model…she is not stick skinny and looks great!!!! You make latinos proud!!

RM on

I am an ugly Betty. And she is not ugly at all! I wish I was half as “ugly” as America Fererra is. She’s beautiful and it’s refreshing to see someone who in Hollywood that is “normal.” I wish I had enough money for plastic surgery, implants, lipo and everything else!!

Ang on

the show is fantastic, but far from the original story. However the cast, story and the production are great.
Check http://www.youtube.com and type ” Betty la fea” for the original colombian version. It’s grea too. I love Betty’s nephew, and her family…

m on

I think what is ugly about the ‘i’m so hot’ comments is the personallities of those people saying it

Ginie Figueroa on

I have to say I was an ugly betty growing up. Until I hit the 11th Grade I started to change and blossom into the hot latina I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, America KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK………………..

Abi on

Betty — you looked SO SO amazing at the Golden Globes. “Ugly” Betty? I don’t think so, more like FOXY BETTY. Finally, a real beauty who is not an anorexic stick figure with fake boobs and prosthetic teeth. LOVE it. I will see any movie or tv show with America Ferrera! Do not lose a pound or change a thing. You rock!

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