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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Patty on

This show is so refreshing, it makes me happy. I really enjoy being able to watch televison with my daughter and know that she is getting a positive message with this show. Keep up the good work and I hope this show runs for a very long time.

REBECCA on

I find this all way too sad. Almost everyone is so hung up on looks. How fine they look or don’t…whatever. This has gone on through the ages when the fact is the one thing that no one has any control over are the genes they are born with. We are all just products of the “swimmer” that got there first. Take no credit nor feel any guilt about your looks. You didn’t pick them and neither did your parents.

les Talenteld on

oh my gosh! she was just so pretty in golden globes!
but no I definately not a ugly betty, I cute and wear a size 0!

miss peach on

wow, you people cannot spell if your life depended on it! that is so sad. well anyhoo, betty la fea was indeed better than this one. although ugly betty is pretty cute. i too had the braces and fugly hair style.

Milly on

I think the show is great & America ferrara is fantastic!!
It’s my new fave show!!! Love It!!

teresa on

Are you kiddin..I am an ugly Betty. Smart, sassy,talented, Hispanic..overweight, wear glasses.I’m not the devil that wears Prada,however I dress nicely and I look my very best. I am loved by my friends of different races..some of which are white, beautiful, slim, and wear expensive clothes. I’ve excelled amongs my peers, am a leader.Did not attend college. Have a hot, successful,intelligent, Hispanic, husband, my one and only. Furthermore,I’m on the ‘other side of 40!’ I have great admiration for Selma H..that she had enough cajones to go ahead with this awesome project, amongst anorexic, plastic-head-to-toe, shallow, airhead, Hollywood!!

Anne on

I sure don’t watch that show because of all the nasty hype about looking ugly. Its sinister and a embarrassment to view. No matter how people look, its very important not to get so obsessed about people’s private appearance because no one wants to go around being labeled “ugly”. As a child, I wore braces and its nothing beautiful about going around looking different from anybody else. Everybody is unique in appearance and that is the only beautiful thing about it.

Sara on

i THINK UGLY BETTY IS NOT UGLY AT ALL. hER INNER BEAUTY SHINES RIGHT THROUGH HER!!

Piglett N on

I think ugly betty is like a rip off of The Devil Wears Prada, i haven’t seen the show but i’ve seen pics of ugly betty and well i dno where she gets those cloths b.c its not realistic i don’t think ihave ever seen anyone wear stuff like and i’ve seen some pretty ugly outfits its exaggerated. well my friend has black hair and braces and those nerdy glasses i don’t think she’s ugly but have u noticed they make all the “ugly” ppl burnetts u never see and “ugly betty” being blond i’m telling u its a hard knock life for a burnette

Kiran & Velinka on

THE BEST SHOW OF THE SEASON!!!!! WE WANNA SEND A SHOUT OUT TO ALL OUR HOMMIES @ WHTC. UGLY BETTY RULEZZZZZZZZZZ……AND YOU KNOW IT…THE AGE OF THE BLONDES IS OVER!!!!!

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