The popular tv series Ugly Betty challenges all of us who have felt excluded or different in any way to stand up and be proud of who we are. The star of Ugly Betty, America Ferrera, plays Betty Suarez, a homely but hardworking young woman who dreams of being a magazine publisher. A turn of events lands her a job at the high society fashion magazine Mode.
At home, Betty steps forward to be the major breadwinner as well as health advocate for her ailing father who is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Because he murdered his wife’s abusive ex-husband in self defense, he is afraid to come forward for legal status lest he be deported to Mexico. Betty’s unstylish appearance, impoverished background, and unrefined manner make her an unlikely candidate for the job at Mode. But her integrity and winning spirit make her a the perfect choice.
Betty is frequently the subject of pranks and sometimes downright cruelty at Mode. Though her naivete is often taken advantage of, she refuses to succumb to their dishonorable ways. Her loyal and positive attitude proves to be one of her greatest assets. Betty dawns her red frames confidently and presents herself to the world. Her unpretentious sincerity and honesty shine like gems amidst the fake socialites all around her.
Her role in Ugly Betty won America Ferrera a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical (1997). In her acceptance speech she said, “So many girls have told me how I inspire them to have confidence in who they are.”
Not only did she win the Golden Globe, but America Ferrera won the hearts of many around our globe when she said “It’s such an honor to play a role that I hear from young girls on a daily basis how it makes them feel worthy and lovable and that they have more to offer the world than they thought.” Entertainment Weekly called her the “most real heroine on television.” In her tearful speech at the Golden Globes, America Ferrera seemed as genuine and endearing in real life as she is as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty.
Parents Television Council warns that “Sexual content is the main concern with this show. With the exception of Betty herself, it seems that every character engages freely in casual sexual relationships.” My personal values do not permit me to condone the show, and I seldom watch it myself, because of this content. However, the fact that Betty works among these people, yet does not participate in their immoral behavior, is definitely another diamond in Betty’s jewel case!
If you are ready to be who you are, honest and true to the values of human dignity regardless of what comes your way, you can be a Betty too!
More about Betty:
“The glasses worn by TV’s Ugly Betty spark an unlikely craze” — Telegraph.co.uk
Official Ugly Betty Glasses — Berkshire Chase
Ugly Betty is based on the Columbian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea