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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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Claudia on

She’s neither ugly nor plump. She is a healthy, normal-weight adolescent girl who doesn’t show her breasts nor wear a lot of make-up. I certainly hope my daughter will be an “ugly Betty” one day…

Stop the terror of uniform barbie looks! There’s so much richer fulfillment and more in life to achieve than a high number of idiots who want to mate with you.

bO on

yeah, it’s about what’s on the inside, but ALSO on the outside! They don’t contradict each other.

BC on

I have never seen this show, however NO i was never an ugly betty !

Judy on

I just love this show. It’s hilarous but at the same time deals with the reality of Betty’s every day struggles of her home life. All the characters are so likable even the pretentious stuck up ones from Mogue. They all make me laugh especially Amanda and the guy who works for Vanessa William’s character, i forget his name.

b on

i love the show ans can’t wait 2 see the next show!!!!!

Sana on

It’s a great show, but I can’t stand the fact that a girl HER age is considered ugly for not dressing like a skank or wearing gargantuan amounts of makeup or being anorexic.

Lacy on

Show is good. However, viewers, there is a difference between your and you’re.

Lisa M on

I LOVE this show!!! I look forward to it every thursday!

Niko on

I love America. She is as cute as a button in or out of character.



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