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Bye Bye Betty

Posted Jan 28 2010 1:44am
Oh. Sigh.

I was saddened to learn today that the tv show Ugly Betty has been cancelled.  I love Betty!

Betty Suarez was a true individual and such a great female character.  As the descriptor of the show's pilot says..."In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. How can an ordinary girl - a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens - possibly fit in?"  I was certainly happy to tune in whenever Betty (played by the gorgeous America Ferrera) was on to find out.   Some of the reasons I fell in love with the character of Betty over the past few years include -

Betty believing in herself and refusing to let her non-model like appearance or quirky fashion sense dissuade her from wanting to work in her dream industry.

Betty trying to convince a highly paid model to resist her image being excessively photoshopped.

Betty's devotion to her eclectic family, including her openly gay and gorgeous young nephew Justin.

Betty convincing her boss to do a fashion show using women who were not professional models and of all shapes and sizes.

Betty's open love and enjoyment of food.

Betty's incredible sense of self, including having a positive attitude to her body and appearance.

Betty's kindness, interest in and encouragement of others.

Betty was a true individual and to my mind, one of the most beautiful and least "ugly" female characters on TV in many years.  Such a shame to see a positive body image and girl role model lost from the screen.

Thanks for the laughs and inspiration Betty.  You were one of a kind.

Image: Jaunted.

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