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The Ugly Betty Makeover

Did Ugly Betty Really Need a Makeover?

Ever since news of Betty's "prettier" look next season broke, I have to admit that I've been a little bummed. It's not that I don't understand that characters evolve, it's just that Betty has always been so heroic because she's a person of substance, one who doesn't depend on her looks to make her life full. Ugly Betty is an import, a rewrite of a hit telenovela from Colombia, Betty La Fea. And in the original series, Betty suddenly lost her braces, got great hair, turned out to be gorgeous, and promptly married the Daniel character. It was a complete betrayal of everything that had been good about the show, and totally reconfirmed that the only way to be loved is by achieving the fashion world's most unrealistic beauty ideals. Never mind that Betty had proven herself a million times over — she was hot now, so she could be happy. I'm just hoping that our version doesn't fall into the same trap. I love Betty for who she is, and I think a great, cute guy should, too.

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designerel designerel 6 years
They've only aired two new episodes so I assume that picture above is from later on in the season, or maybe it's a picture of America Ferrera going into make-up, because so far Betty's "makeover" has not been that drastic. They gave her some new glasses in an updated shape, but they are still red. She still has her braces. Her hair is a little less frizzy and she parted her bangs differently. She looks more grown-up. Oh, and she wore ONE non-crazy outfit that was still pretty colorful. So nothing big yet.
Alohalani Alohalani 6 years
I think she deserves a little makeover. Have you ever seen What not to Wear?? Everyone who goes on that show feels 100% more confident afterwards. Betty has proved to be a great character without the makeover, but it wouldn't be realistic if she worked in the fashion industry for years & never learned how to dress. Right?
billyart101 billyart101 6 years
Well, the fact of the matter is that Betty, the character herself, has always wanted to transform. The braces alone were a sign of this. The braces had to eventually come off, people don't wear them forever.It's also natural for style--especially when working at a fashion magazine--to evolve.These are natural truths to the character.Take comfort in the fact that she is still a NORMAL looking woman. Her hair is cute, and she's dressed well, but she's still a short, curvy, latina who isn't a sex object like Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz or Shakira...and she's still holding down a major show as its central focus. She lives and she loves regarldless of her appearance. Love it and embrace it, or change the channel!
billyart101 billyart101 6 years
Well, the fact of the matter is that Betty, the character herself, has always wanted to transform. The braces alone were a sign of this. The braces had to eventually come off, people don't wear them forever. It's also natural for style--especially when working at a fashion magazine--to evolve. These are natural truths to the character. Take comfort in the fact that she is still a NORMAL looking woman. Her hair is cute, and she's dressed well, but she's still a short, curvy, latina who isn't a sex object like Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz or Shakira...and she's still holding down a major show as its central focus. She lives and she loves regarldless of her appearance. Love it and embrace it, or change the channel!
Allytta Allytta 6 years
excuse me, but Ugly Betty is an american knock off of a show about a loser who gets a make-over and rules the world. I was very frustrated with them for keeping her ugly for 3 seasons, that completely ruined the whole concept of the show.
katweb katweb 6 years
NO! I don't even watch the show, but why make her over? This judging people on how they look is getting ridiculous, th show's called UGLY Betty, not "Professionally made over, slightly unattatractive Betty". Tha e show was making a point, now ... maybe pointless, like the makeover.
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
I'm pretty sure in pics I seen of the cast filming, Betty still has glasses on. America probably just took them off during breaks. And I agree, I wish there had been more of a gradual change over the seasons, you know, each season changing something. I don't think this is Betty giving into what everyone else says she should do, but something that rubs off on you when you're in certain situations. She's in the fashion industry (even if she doesn't want to be forever), and she has to look pulled together and professional. Then again, maybe she's doing it to get back with Matt? Well, whatever it is, I like the new look.
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
I'm pretty sure in pics I seen of the cast filming, Betty still has glasses on. America probably just took them off during breaks. And I agree, I wish there had been more of a gradual change over the seasons, you know, each season changing something. I don't think this is Betty giving into what everyone else says she should do, but something that rubs off on you when you're in certain situations. She's in the fashion industry (even if she doesn't want to be forever), and she has to look pulled together and professional. Then again, maybe she's doing it to get back with Matt? Well, whatever it is, I like the new look.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 6 years
I agree with bebeitalia and couture concier in the Telenovela Betty went through an emotional and physical transformation. And I just loved that Novela I am actually watching it for the third time right now. And it's one of the reasons I haven't paid much attention to any to the other versions including the Mexican version, though i do recognized Ugly Betty's originality in its story lines but it is still not as good as the original, in my opinion.
shopping42 shopping42 6 years
Betty was her own person and an individual!! sure in real life she's pretty but this was a story-she wasn't to be like everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
They should have kept the glasses, and the outfits. :)
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 6 years
Hey - at least the show is realistic in the idea that everyone changes. It just happens. I don't mind the makeover at this point in the series but I do think they should keep the glasses.
FaerieBlu FaerieBlu 6 years
So will they change the name of the show now to "Not so Ugly Betty"?
cherriej cherriej 6 years
I'm glad she's getting a makeover. It doesn't making any sense that she'd still be dressing so bad. If she still wants to be "original", she could do some kind of funky vintage thing. What really annoyed me about her wardrobe is that there was no point to it. I could see her dressing like when she was a teenager, but once she started working at the magazine, she would notice how awful her outfits look.
shilpsugar shilpsugar 6 years
I'm glad she's having a bit of a make-over. Given how astute she is, it seems improbable that after working for years at a high fashion magazine she would be completely oblivious to her appearance.
Melo-D Melo-D 6 years
Braces come off. People do wear contacts. Hair gets cut. I think the braces have been long overdue for coming off. Glasses should have stayed. I think as long as we see the emotional transformation behind the physical, the show will be just fine. It's life. It's what happens. We live in a world where there are a slew of makeover shows and we all transform to become our beautiful selves whether by force or choice. Her character has more growing to do. Growth within eventually shows in appearance.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
I think her look should definitely evolve into a more mature young woman. We all go through it. It's only natural that she should. The braces need to come off and her sister needs to giver her a haircut, but not the glasses! Maybe some new frames would be a good choice.
britnee britnee 6 years
I'm glad shes losing the braces but I really think they should have kept her glasses
quivondra quivondra 6 years
i was SO sick of those horrible bangs and the glasses. keep the glasses, just get a new style. people get new glasses every 2-3 years, no?
lilren lilren 6 years
I, too, love that Betty has a unique look but I think it is unrealistic to think that she will keep the same look for the run of the show. It's been too long for her to have braces anymore and her sister is a hairstylist -- it's about time she had a new 'do. =)
McSquish McSquish 6 years
I don't think she needed a make over, I think she needed to get rid of her braces. And I still think all these pictures are spoilers! aaahhhh!
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
I totally agree with her losing the braces. She can't wear them forever. She should have kept the glasses because they are her signature stand out piece.
glynislily glynislily 6 years
I think that she should not receive a magical make-over montage sort of thing. I think that she should have gone through a transformation. Like getting the braces removed and fixing her hair, but it Betty sheds the glasses and the amazingly colorful clothes I am going to be so mad. Ho can it be called Ugly Betty if the character looks like America looks in photo shoots. I feel that the make-over in this season may possibly be Betty's way of jumping the shark.
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