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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Audrianna on

I love UGLY BETTY its my favoritem show on tv right now…
hopefully thre’ll b another season coming up

Jessica on

This show annoys the crap out of me.

Rebecca on

I LOVE this show, but the original version (Colombian) was way too much better. Too bad for those who do not understand Spanish.

Monica B on

Ugly Betty is just the best show now, but the original from Coloombia “Betty La Fea”, was better. I just loved it!!!

May on

I love this show.Its about time a show like this has come along.Its fresh,heart warming and a lot of people can relate to it.I know I can because I have been there.

Gabrielle Lawson on

I can’t even believe someone would make a show so superficial! Come on…she’s not that ugly…yeah braces, and glasses and bad fashion…if she didn’t smile..she’d have 2 things against her…and for people to watch this show so they can laugh at a girl..is so low…well i guesss since america is becoming obese they need something to make them feel somewhat better about themself…while they sit on the couch and eat their chips…whatevver

Samantga on

Well, I just have to say I’m a cheerleader and I’m cute and sssssss……….HOT!!!

jle on

COMMENT FOR “shopholic”, sounds like you’re a little into your self! I bet anything you’re really ugly in the inside and just plane insecure!

zina on

some of you people are pretty in love with yourselves and there is a fine line between self confidence and arrogance. And ‘ugly’ betty, is so not ugly, im from britain and we’ve only seen the first 2 episodes but she’s brilliant and an excellent actress. i think people really need to get over the whole ‘we must be rail thin’ culture.

Julie on

Wow…a lot of people on this thread sound very conceited: “I was never an Ugly Betty. I’m hot!!!”, et cetera.

All I can say is “wow”. I am shocked that people can be so narcissistic.

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