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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Samantha on

This is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time! FINALLY one is based on someone real!

Nicolette on

I just want to say that i really love the show. i keep on watchin re-runs. its fantastic. every week when the shows over and they show wuts comin up for Ugly Betty, i start to cry, because i have to wait another week to watch the new Ugly Betty eposide.

Nicolette on

I just want to say that i really love the show. i keep on watchin re-runs. its fantastic. every week when the shows over and they show wuts comin up for Ugly Betty, i start to cry, because i have to wait another week to watch the new Ugly Betty eposide.

issy on

i love this show so much though i dont watch it al the time but my point is … ITS FREAKEN AESOME AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT?

Grace Mason on

Ilove the show!!!!! These fasion float my boat and it has a nice flow to it.

Adam on

Ugly Bettys great! it’s the second best show on tv at the moment!!!! (behind Lost of course), and Betty’s cool…she’s real nice and she should punch all the other people who r mean to her! GO BETTY!

rachel on

I think, all of us at one age or another can relate to being an Ugly Betty. I wore braces in Junior High school and had broken out skin with bad pores and dressed in Arizona jeans and Dare shirts/long-sleeved turtle necks that were long and baggy with my every-day Nike shoes. High school got a little better but I still wore faded jeans, stupid collar-shirts, old vests grandma button up’s, penny lofers and bulky Hanze Her Way cotton sweaters that didn’t fit my frame or style. It was hideous! Now, I stay in shape, braces off and looking THIN and GOOD in my young twenties. It does matter when you get older and Ugly Betty can become the Pretty!

Amie on

I find it interesting that the people who think they have nothing but their looks get so freaked out about the possibility of having the amazing personality that comes along with being an ugly betty and are quick to state that they never were an ugly betty.

I was such an ugly betty in highschool, and I continue to “act” like an ugly betty, because good inside makes the outside, whether your pretty or ugly, look absolutely glowing.

America is a fantastic role-model…not just because she does this show, but because she makes everyone see just how gorgeous curvy women can be…and that is something the public really needs to open their eyes to.

rachel on

The good ole look! Looks inside should count for the out but in today’s world it is the opposite and Hollywood and L.A. are actually doing this show? Wow! Go, Ugly Betty and I liked you in the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants movie.

sarah J on

i thnk that ungly betty. is well good because that is what life is like in really life i think treat a person just because of the way they look.

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