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!

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Nadine on

I was like an ugly Betty until I got into highschool. Before that, I was very diffident, because everybody (I mean vicious kids)were teasing me for my red hair (which I’m proud of now, though they aren’t as bright as when I was younger), very bright green (vwey uncommon color) eyes, freckles and I was really skinny and had wide hips (like J.Lo’s or Eva Longoria’s type) and I stopped growing at the age of 13 (I’m stil 5’5″, but then I was tallest among my friends). I thouhgt I was the ugliest person in the whole world and even wanted to kill myself (since I was 4, I was teased about my hair)… But I’ve grown up, went to a highschool where everything changed. I found out how to use make-up or do my hair well, what clothes to wear (though we had to wear uniforms at school), I gained more meat on my bones and hips, got bigger breasts and learnt to be proud of me: my weird eyes (guys really like them now), skiny and healthy hair (color isn’t important!), porcelain-aristocratic white skin and my hips. Right now I think I’m really pretty.
So if young girls, who are unhappy about their looks, are reading this, I can say that don’t worry. Ugly ducklings will became swans sooner or later. That happened for me, that will happen to Ugly Betty, that will happen for you. Just be patient and wait for it.

JB on

Actually, I believe the original version of this show started in India & was titled “Jassi Jaise Koi Nahin”. The American version is almost a carbon copy of the indian version but either way, it’s still good! And yes, I used to be an ugly betty but thankfully things got better once I knew how to properly use make up & be fashionable!!

fish.and.kat on

Though I havent watched Ugly Betty yet, but I have always liked the Betty La Fea show. In Indonesia the show was aired like..mm..8 years a go I think! It’s really funny, and I hated that snobbish blonde girl

Terria on

I love the show it is refreshing comedy but has real life issues. Keep up the good work betty

DIANA MARCELA on

YOU GUYS DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB WITH UGLY BETTY I WATCHED THE ORIGINAL VERSION BECAUSE IM FROM COLOMBIA AND I THOUGH IT WAS GREAT BUT AFTER SEEN UGLY BETTY I CAN’T WAIT FOR THURSDAYS TIS VERSION IS THE BEST OF ALL OF THEM.
SALMA BESIDES BEEN A PRETTY WOMAN YOU ARE REALLY SMART

Blanca on

I haven’t watched Uggly Betty yet, but I’ve heard it’s a great show. Right now La Fea Mas Bella is playing in Mexico and I love it, that would be like the mexican version.

brunette1 on

i love the show Ugly Betty, and she’s not really ugly. But Betty’s fashion sense is awful! I mean, seriously, I’d rather be an Amanda.

and to “kent j”: i’m a veggie, and a liberal, and my mom’s in the fashion industry. so watch your words.
p.s: i’m only 14….

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