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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Tab on

I just have to say I love this show!!! I can’t say enough about it!

kim on

betty your perfect

Sarah on

Ugly Betty Rocks!! It’s the best show on the air right now…it’s so fresh in its writing…hope it gets renewed!

KIM on


sam on

im hot! thats what i have to say!

Jonny on

I like this show but I love more the original version Betty la Fea, that was great!!!!! the original is from COLOMBIA!!!

shopoholic on

i was never an ugly betty!! ever!! i am very cute and petite! :)

Diana on

Betty is a real role model unlike others on this website!

Janice on

Were you?? HAHA I still am a real life ugly betty!!

Hey ugly is the new beautiful right?

Wait does that mean beautiful is the new ugly?

Abby on

I love this show and America Ferrera is really someone to look up to. I mean she gets on national tv and shows people how looks dont matter its about whats on the inside. And she is so beautiful in real life. I honestly think she is a role model for younger children.

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