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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!

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Falon on

To Samantga and Girly Girl you two B’s have no clue. Your attitudes suck! I was a tom boy growing up ugly and lanky, however now I am tall, thin, and gorgoes with a college education to match.What will you two losers ever have? Cheerleading doesn’t go very far these days GIRLS!

Deirdre on

America (Ugly Betty) is awesome. She makes the show such a success. She is gorgeous too. I am sick of this “waif” look – men actually like curves, women looking like women. What is wrong with everyone?

juana on

I think that ugly betty is a very good show, although the original from Colombia was way much better

Charla Dickenson on

There is no polite way to say it, the truth ain’t pretty! Here’s what’s really UGLY; plastic sugery, hair extensions, sex tapes and scandals, divorce, rehab stints, prostitutes and strippers, alchohol and drug addictions, DUI’s and drive by’s, needing a personal trainer to stay in shape, I don’t eat carbs, or sugar, or dairy but I’m naturally thin, Marriage number 2,3,4,5,6, breakup breakup breakup, affairs and infedility,’what are underwear?’, public meltdowns, I need personal stylists and spa days just to look mediocre, when my personal stylist doesn’t dress me I walk around looking like a bag lady, I’m a celebrity feel sorry for me, all I want is privacy I whine as I air out my dirty laundry on Oprah, why won’t everyone just leave me alone but oh please buy my cd and go see my movie, my dress costs more than your car, my bling costs more than your house, my closet is the size of your apartment, I brag and brag about my work with poverty then I go home to one of my many mansions in my private plane, The Paparazzi is so horrible, hey where are the camera’s I’m holding an orphan, I’ve been doing interviews for years but I still use the “my comments were taken out of context” excuse, I need bling to shine, and a publicist to speak for me, but I am so glamorous especially in that picture where I’m snorting cr**k, I buy my shoes in italy, my dresses in Paris and my babies in Africa “one in every colour” I’m a multi millionaire but I couldn’t afford a condom; first comes baby then comes marriage? Lies, scandals and corruption. In a word HOLLYWOOD. The new UGLY!

ANAN on

For shame ABC. Betty is not slightly plump, she is normal. Its about time normal sized people were stars of shows.

kick1563 on

ur show is awsome!! go get them!!!! show them your braces and be proud!!!

DaBearsPlayOffs on

I was definitely an Ugly Betty in junior high with zits, glasses, mousy hair, huge plaid shirts and baggy jeans. If it wasnt for all those nasty people who made fun of the way I looked back then, I wouldnt be as kind and generous as I am now. Also, because I dont smoke, eat well and work out I have a gorgeous body, glowing skin and hair. I am not only nice but beautiful. THANKS TO THOSE PLASTICS WHO BUILT MY CHARACTER AND MADE ME TAKE BETTER CARE OF MY BODY. I AM EVERYTHING YOU WISH YOU COULD BE.

amanda on

i love this show even though im less like betty and more like amanda but i still think it is the best show ever made

dancing is my passion on

Ugly Betty isn’t ugly….She pretty!

Tori on

Well first of all!
i must say … look, is plastic surgery prettier! wud u like to have a natural smile instead of botox?? look.. i am smart. Here is my story. In 5th grade … i was obseesed with how i look! if i didnt have every single strand of hair in place i wud die. in 6th same. in 7th same. in 8 th same. 9 th same. 10th same.11th same. then in 12 my whole life changed. A wonderful person named Jason came into my life.we started going out. One day he came over to my house and i had no makeup on or anything
i hadnt even brushed my hair. i opened the door and then Jason said i looked beautiful. He tilted his head to the right andi did the same. we kissed 4 wat seemed like 4 ever. but i relized he accpeted me 4 who i truly was . not the one behind all the makeup and hair spray. Now im 26, and im married. And im married to Jason. I am a fashion designer and am the most natural person ull ever meet! so any young ones reading this… b urself.. ull find ur the most beautiful that way.

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