Ugly Betty- Common Day Shero

Recently, I’ve been watching re-runs of Ugly Betty. One of my favorite sitcoms shows that was cancelled in 2010 due to low ratings.

For those who never watched the show, Ugly Betty was about a young and quirky, 22year old Mexican American woman, named Betty Suarez who lacked fashion sense. She is known to be bold, good-hearted, and slightly naïve.

These qualities she possessed sometimes was mistaken for weakness by others. Betty was always willing to go over and beyond to help others realize their true potential but she was always ridiculed for her fashion sense and kindness. Betty came from a family that nurtured and valued morals and traditions. They always supported each other in a lot of decisions that effected them as a family and individuals. Is this the answer to a lot of the family problems that exist in society today? Instilling family values and morals. Going back to the basics.

Betty is thrust into a different world when she lands a job at Mode, a trendy, high fashion magazine based in Manhattan that is part of the publishing empire. Bradford (CEO of Mode) hires the inexperienced Betty as his womanizing son’s (Daniel) newest personal assistant to curb his habit of sleeping with his assistants. As time goes by, Betty and Daniel become friends and help each other navigate their individual professional and personal lives.

This was an example of how men tend to hire women that exemplifies beauty to be personal assistants and eventually become intimate with them in the workplace that usually cause chaos. However, having a woman who is unattractive tend to keep things in order in the workplace. Does one’s outer appearance land them the job? nine times out of ten, most times it does, unfortunately.

Ever since the show’s debut, the main characters, especially the title character, have quickly become the latest fixtures in the pop media culture. On May 8, 2007, star America Ferrera was honored by TIME on the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people. The event took place at New York’s Lincoln Center and the actress was recognized for defying stereotypes with the show. The success of Ugly Betty and how it deals with body imaging among women in general would inspire a series of reports on Entertainment Tonight, in which reporter Vanessa Minillo went undercover in a fatsuit to see if women were discriminated on the basis of how they look. Gay awareness groups like GLAAD have also noted the positive impact the show has had regarding Betty’s teen-aged nephew Justin, who realizes that he is gay.

How much better could corporate America be if every major company had a Betty Suarez in the office? If men and women were not so quick to judge someone by the clothes they wore and their outward appearance? If family values were instilled in our young girls at a young age so they could become intelligent and strong women?

Works Cited

Ugly Betty” Canceled By ABC, USA Today, January 27, 2010

The Time 100″. Time. May 3, 2007. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595332_1616652,00.html. Retrieved May 26, 2010.

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