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'Ugly Betty's' Fashion Evolution

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 13th 2010 2:00PM
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An 'Ugly' duckling is ready to transform -- and sing her swan song.

In the series finale of 'Ugly Betty' (Wed., April 14 at 10PM ET on ABC), Betty Suarez has come a long way. She started out as possibly the biggest fashion "don't" in the history of television. But, after four years, she's matured, become a capable editor at Mode magazine and evolved her style. She's definitely 'Ugly' no more.

We took a look back at Betty's transformation, from that infamously tragic Guadalajara poncho to her shiny new look (no braces, new hairstyle).

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The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "Pilot" -- In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the super-thin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl - a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens - possibly fit in? "Ugly Betty," a groundbreaking new comedy series based on the telenovela that became a worldwide phenomenon.

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "Zero Worship" - Amanda visits a psychic (guest star Annie Potts) for insight into her dad's identity. Meanwhile, disturbed about the message Mode is sending to Justin and his classmates after they visit the magazine, Betty pushes Daniel to use "real" models during fashion week; and Wilhelmina gets some unexpected news about her latest plans for the Meade dynasty, on "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe" - It's Halloween and Betty is in for a series of frightful experiences, ranging from showing up dressed for the Mode costume contest . . . only to learn there isn't one, to dealing with her growing attraction to Henry (guest star Christopher Gorham, "Jake 2.0") -- while a jealous Walter fumes -- and, worst of all, tracking down a watch Daniel left at one of his many girlfriends' apartments (he just can't remember which one). Meanwhile, Daniel pays a visit to his mom (guest star Judith Light, "Who's the Boss?") in rehab, and Wilhelmina is horrified to learn that she can't fit into a designer gown, on "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY America Ferrera as Betty Suarez stars in the episode "Twenty-Four Candles" - Betty's plans to spend a romantic 24th birthday with Henry are sidelined when his Baby Mama Charlie (guest star Jayma Mays) drops in unexpectedly. Will Gio be able to salvage Betty's big day? Meanwhile, Wilhelmina does her devious best to spoil Renee's (guest star Gabrielle Union) blossoming relationship with Daniel by hinting there's some dark secrets in her sister's past.

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "The Bahamas Triangle" -- In the steamy Bahamas, the love triangle between Betty, Matt and Amanda explodes, and romantic pairings abound. Things should be dreamy at the Atlantis resort, where even Shakira (portraying herself) is staying, but Betty has a nightmarish photo shoot after Willie learns her nemesis, Penelope Graybridge (Christie Brinkley), snagged a coveted job, and, even more importantly, discovers Connor is very much alive. Marc frets that there is no one on the island for him, but then meets the uber-hot Troy (portrayed by Matt Newton, Becki Newton's brother), and back home, Hilda draws closer to her old love, Bobby, on "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY -"The Wiener, the Bun and the Boob" - Betty is overwhelmed with her editorial work, so Wilhelmina assigns Marc to be Betty's temporary assistant. Betty's story idea to cover the worst jobs in New York goes south when she has to dress up as a hot dog and do a Bollywood dance number. Meanwhile, Marc frets that he'll never be taken seriously by his idol at Vogue magazine, Hilda gets Archie's campaign in trouble, Daniel hires a gorgeous but inept assistant (supermodel Brooklyn Decker), and Natalie introduces Daniel to the Community -- a group whose charismatic leader (Dylan Baker) zeroes in on Daniel -- on "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "The Fall Issue" - "Ugly Betty" concludes the season with a shocking two-hour telecast, THURSDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In "The Fall Issue" (9:00-10:00 p.m.), the sudden death of a Mode editor leaves Betty and Marc competing for the same job. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina demands that Claire tender her resignation at a big awards ceremony . . . or she'll reveal Claire's dark secret to Cal Hartley; Matt lets his jealousy over Henry get the best of him; and Justin nervously waits to see if he got into performing arts school.

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Actresses America Ferrera (R) and Becki Newton (L) are seen on the set of the TV show "Ugly Betty" on location on the east side of Manhattan on October 27, 2008 in New York City.

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "The Past Presents the Future" - As Hilda's wedding day approaches, Betty asks Daniel to be her plus-one, Ignacio invites Elena, and Amanda is set on fixing up Marc with her new client, soap opera star Spencer Cannon (Bryan Batt). Meanwhile, Justin weighs whether his own plus-one could be Austin, Betty considers unexpected offers in her personal and professional life, and Wilhelmina finds a way to fight the Meade empire by using Tyler as her pawn, on "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty

UGLY BETTY - "Hello Goodbye" - It's the end of an era, but the beginning, Betty hopes, of something wonderful. In the award-winning series' finale, which also features appearances by familiar faces from the past, Betty finds it hard to tell Daniel important news about her future. When she does, his reaction surprises her, but not Claire. Justin and Bobby enthusiastically consider taking advantage of a softening real estate market by apartment-hunting in Manhattan, but Hilda's resisting even the most amazing places. Amanda grapples with the death of her dog, Halston, and Marc wonders if he'll ever have a successful relationship, on the series finale of "Ugly Betty."

The Fashion Evolution of Ugly Betty



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