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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Girly Girl on

Well for all you people that say oh I have nothing to worry about I like you…jle I am a cheerleader and hot…well the truth is that you are probably a 40 year old who thinks that you are a pretty little thing! ha! well I can’t say I am an ugly betty because I am a highschool student one of the popular people that you wish you could be!

Pam Matthews - Indiana on

How have I lived without “Ugly Betty” before now? What a wonderful show…Betty you are a true inspiration to us all!


The show is funny!! But i like the spanish one better.

ak ta on


hopenot on

was i an ugly betty? i’m not sure; my friends rn’t that open to me

Katherine! on

Oh yea, i think that everyone has a little ugly betty in them! whether they want to admitt it or not!

Lily on

I havent seen the show. I am a little shocked at the people who think they are so beautiful. Confidence is good but being over confident can be very unattractive. I am not ugly, my name is not betty, but I know what peace, happiness, and internal beauty is all about.

Cristina on

I love this show! Every normal persone can actually relate to Betty. Anyway, I don’t think she’s ugly, just sui-generis :) Which can be great! She stands out in the crowd of barbies look-alike! :)

Abigail on

I was never an ugly Betty,i guess I can be a dork at times.. but the show is funny it doesnt beat the one right now in mex(if you have cable and understand it watch it!)But it will never be as good as the original one from Colombia..all of them are different an awesome..

mama mia on

Girly Girl- I have seen a lot of girls who thought they were hot cheerleaders turn 40 and they are not so hot(or ever were)… better watch what you say about us over 40 crowd… someday you will be one of us!!

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