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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night on

i have never watched the show…but the title disturbs me…this girl is not ugly…she has made some bad fashion choices, and needs an eyebrow wax…but she is not ugly. Now with that said…I was an “ugly Betty” kind of girl in high school…but watch out all you beauties out there…Us “Ugly” girls bloom late…and we keep the bloom on the rose a lot longer than those who had it all in their teen years.

Rita on

Was before, still am now, always will be!!! But you know what, I was made this way for a reason. I may not know what it is, but I’m thankful for it. To the “popular cheerleader that we wish we could be”…I will wonder what you look like when you are 40!! I’m by no means the ugliest person on earth, but I am average looking. However, just yesterday at breakfast in our small town cafe, (where I usually go alone, shock of all shocks!!) an 82 yr old woman came over and hugged me saying “you have the most beautiful skin”. That made my day, especially since I am 35 yrs old and had absolutely no make-up on!! We are all beautiful in our own ways, no matter what we look like. And if we are simply ugly on the inside, then there is no beauty on the outside big enough to hide it.

Amy on

I loved the show!! Its my favorite TV show on air right now!! Good Job Producers!

Corrie on

Let’s be realistic, superficial fakey “beauty” is not something to strive for, but physical unattractiveness isn’t something to be proud of, either. It’s nice to use prases like “inner beauty” and “natural,” but if we’re honest with ourselves we know oftentimes those are phrases that are just used to be polite when we really want to say “ugly.” How about we just be happy if we look like normal average everyday women and don’t need plastic surgery and 3 tons of makeup OR a bag over our head???

Julia on

I love this show!! It is what true beauty is about. America is really beautiful inside and out!!

Devon on

Its amazing how they made such a beautiful girl like america so ugly, i love the show and yes at first i always thought i was so ugly because of the texture of my hair, but now i wouldnt have it any other way, my curls look gorgeous, just like emmy rossums in phantom of the opera and just as long and lucious

Julia on

I LOVE Ugly Betty!!!!! It’s the best show ever!!!!

Steve on

I love the show. And yes, UGLY IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Also, thanks for making this fact known.

Vicky on

I think the make-up people on Ugly Betty have to work extremely hard to make America Ferrera look even remotely “ugly.” However, I hardly think that Betty should be classified as ugly.

She is real… and there are way more real girl and women out there that can relate to America and her character, Betty, than can relate to characters on other shows and other celebrities. Betty for president!

eli on

It is renewed. Ugly Betty is the english version of a spanish novela, Betty la fea, Salma Hayeck thought of remaking it in english because it was sooooo good

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