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If Ugly Betty gets a makeover ... will she still be Betty?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 31st 2009 7:00PM
If they give the title character a radical change, as sources are reportedly seriously considering at ABC's Ugly Betty, does that include a title change to reflect the alteration? In other words, will Ugly Betty be the same show if Betty becomes a beauty?

Mike Ausiello is reporting that ABC has focus grouped a couple of scenes from the upcoming season in which Betty is remodeled to look more fashionable in the fashion world. As Mode's new associate features editor, she opts for some fancy new outfits and a less eclectic, eccentric look. She's also had her hair, brows and makeup redone ... no doubt after a trip to Hilda's beauty salon.

So the question then is this: if they glam up Betty's outside, will she still be the same on the inside, and will the cosmetic changes do anything to bolster the ratings of ABC's Cinderella sweetheart series?

To be honest, I've been one who has long wondered why Betty's time at Mode hasn't affected how she looks and dresses. Her friendship with Christina should have been more influential, at least when it comes to fashion. And don't even get me started on the braces. Her mouth couldn't have needed full-frontal metal for more than three years! (By the way, the braces will definitely be off in Season Four!)

But one of the strengths of Ugly Betty has been that despite the eccentric exterior, Betty's beautiful soul always shows through. That's why she's not really a wallflower. She's had boyfriends and an active sexual life, and she interacts in a tough work environment successfully. Oh yes, she's mocked by Wilhelmina, Marc and Amanda, but they mock everyone! Betty's appearance has never held her back.

Perhaps the best thing the show could do for Betty is this: give her the makeover and then let her settle back into a more Ugly Betty style that blends the best of both worlds. In that way, it would reflect how it is in the real world ... People who have makeovers always slide back. It's inevitable. So, show Betty in the gorgeous dress with a fancy designer label, but have her carry a Hello, Kitty purse that she found on Queens Boulevard for $5!

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ugly betty was so ugly but now she looks beautyful

August 05 2009 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure what to think. I just hope they bring it back up to the amazingness of the earlier seasons. http://www.mediancs.com/rd_p?p=186122&t=9534&a=28259-tvsquad&gift=28259

August 05 2009 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

never wached the show but on the novela she does get a make over and becomes really hot ( she was played by a model in the original) i have no idea how it fit on the story cuz io didnt watch it that much.
But this is how the script goes

August 01 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For Jude and other perfect people-
This Betty and the dozen other Bettys from the telenovelas are not ugly. That is the joke. Glasses and ill fitting clothes on a pretty girl and the world thinks she's ugly.

The fact that ABC didn't get the joke or stretched it too far is certain. Fix it by doing a finally season where she is dolled up until the final episode where the "true Betty" comes out wearing...fade to black leave the audience angry and guessing.

August 01 2009 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You might think this is weird, but I've never been able to watch this show in part because she *is* so ugly. By the way, my son is finally getting his braces off after 4 years.

August 01 2009 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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