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These ‘Ugly Betty’ Facts Will Make You Love The Iconic TV Show Even More Than You Already Do

It has been over ten years since the first episode of “Ugly Betty” first aired and we are totally here for the celebration. The show turned America Ferrera into one of Hollywood’s megastars and helped girls of the early 2000s era get better acquainted with beauty norms and standards.

Here’s a look at 25 weird facts from the set!

1. The show made America Ferrera the first Latina to win a lead actress Emmy.

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Of course, the Latina earned the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award in 2007 by her own merits. But there’s no doubting the beloved Betty character helped her get there. 

2. There was an actual MODE magazine.

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The magazine featured plus-size fashion models. It was launched in 1997 and ended in 2001.

3. A copy of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants sat on Betty’s bedside table

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America Ferrera’s big break came when she played Carmen in the popular film adaptation of the same book.

4. The show was almost called “Betty The Ugly”

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Not quite as catch as the name the TV network ABC came up with. But the title was a remake of “Betty La Fea” so…

5. Betty was almost  a secret agent

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When the story was first pitched to TV execs, Horta pictured Betty as an FBI agent. ABC told him to stick with the original concept since it worked.

6. Ana Ortiz originally auditioned to play Betty.

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At one point she said that she was sure every actress in LA and NY did. 

7. Mark was almost a one-off

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The original storyline imagined  Wilhemina’s assistants to stick around only for an episode. Michael Urie the actor who played Mark thought he’d be only taking on a guest role but the show led him to believe this because of budgetary constraints. ‘They only ever give us a certain amount of money in a budget, so the way to sneak people in that aren’t supposed to be regulars is to make them a guest star. So we said, “He’ll be a guest star!”’

8. Nailing Betty’s signature style took a minute.

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America tried on almost 200 pairs of glasses.

9. Eric Mabius still wears his clothes from the show.

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They put everything up for sale after the show was canceled and I bought all my suits at one-tenth the cost.

10. Salma Hayek executive produced the show.

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She took on the role of Sofia Reyes in season one and also played the nurse who appears on the telenovela watched by the Suarez family.

11. Lindsay Lohan’s stint was supposed to be longer.

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The actress was meant to appear in the series for six episodes but left after the episodes. She played Betty’s high school frenemy Kimmie Keegan but was so difficult to work with that her character was written off much earlier.

12. Patricia Field designed for “Sex and the City,” too.

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Field designed all of the costumes for season 1 and returned as a costume designer in season three.

13. America Ferrera kept Betty’s poncho and glasses.

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Once the show was over the actress took Betty’s signature looks for herself but stomped on the braces. 

14. The word “ugly” faded from the title credits in the final episode

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“The reality is, look beyond the title, the name,” Horta said. “The word fades because it never really should have been there if we’re talking about who she is.”

15. The cast joined the writers’ strike in 2007.

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‘The issues coming up with actors’ contracts are very similar to what the writers are dealing with […]and we have to stay united and stand strong within the creative community for what we believe is fair.’

16. America Ferrera landed her part because of Salma Hayek

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“I hadn’t heard anything about the show and she ran up to me and said, ‘You are my Ugly Betty!”‘ and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means, but I will do whatever!'” Ferrera revealed.

17. Adele appeared on the show before she was a thing.

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The songstress appeared in the show’s third season and sang ‘Right As Rain’ for a photo shoot at MODE. 

18. The cast are keen for a reunion

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At the ATX TV Festival in Texas Ferrera asked the audience to use the hasthag #HuluBringBackUglyBetty to get Hulu to commission a ‘two-hour movie.’

19. The show was based on a Colombian soap opera.

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The show was called “Betty la Fea” that lasted for 1 season. 

20. Finding Betty’s iconic red glasses wasn’t easy.

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America Ferrera tried on several pairs before the costume designer gave her own to America.

21. Marc and Amanda were in a spin-off web-series called Mode After Hours.

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The series featured the trouble they got into when staff members left MODE for the night.

22. Anna Wintour inspired the character Fey Summers.

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That and The Devil Wears Prada means Wintour has left quite an impression on the fashion world.

23. Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife inspired Betty’s fashion.

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The beheaded queen wore a necklace with the letter “B” that inspired Betty’s jewelry.

24. The sassy receptionist was named after crew member and writer, Brian Tanen.

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Amanda Tanen shared a name with writer Brian Tanen. Hmmm wonder how sassy he was?


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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

No matter your preference, how you like them, how you eat them, tacos are a way of life. They represent where we’re from and to be honest, they are not going anywhere — they will remain part of our life.

Gerald Flores understands the taco goes beyond just a dish, it’s a lifestyle. In 2014, the Corpus Christi native was trying to figure out what to wear, when an idea went off in his head.

“Like many Latinos, tacos are a huge part of my life. They represent my culture and so much more. Back in 2014, I was looking for a taco shirt for myself and I couldn’t find one that I would want to wear, so I decided to design my own,” said the taco lover. “That’s how Taco Gear® was born and it’s been a crazy and fun journey ever since.”

mitú is excited to partner up with Taco Gear® in our mitú mercado where you’ll find a wide assortment of Taco Gear® products.

We are featuring some of Taco Gear’s® most popular t-shirts, sweatshirts and trendy bucket hats.

If you’re a taco lover you know that when someone offers you a taco, you just eat it and that’s exactly what this Taco. Just Eat It. Longsleeve tee says.

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This tee takes a spin on a popular brand and makes it our own. You can shop this tee (that’s already making me hungry) on our site available in a unisex fit for only $29.99.

If tacos are life to you, say it with this bomber jacket.

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This classic bomber jacket will keep you warm during those nights you’re waiting for your tacos at your favorite taco truck. This jacket is such a favorite, it’s sure to sell out, so grab yours for $49.99 before it sells out.

When fellow intellectuals ask what your favorite work of art is, you can let them know with this Taco Lisa Tee.

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Art connoisseurs will not know what hit them when you show them this Taco Lisa Tee now available in our store in different colors for $24.99.

True taco lovers ain’t got no type. Let people know you’re not shallow with this Taco Type Tee.

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We don’t discriminate against any kind of taco and we love showing our love with this shirt that lists just a few of our favorite tacos. This comfy tee comes in different colors and is only $24.99.

When you and bae are hungry and can’t decide where to go for dinner (or breakfast or lunch), settle it with this Back To The Taquería Tee.

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Don’t know what to eat? Don’t know where to hang out? Don’t know what to “cook” for your family potluck? Back to the taquería it is. This tee comes in three colors and sells for $24.99.

And when you walk up to the taquería register they’ll know exactly what you want as soon as they look at you with this trendy Fresh Tacos bucket hat.

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At the taquería is where we spend most of our days, so represent with this bucket hat available in our shop for just $22.99. It’s perfect to shield your face from that taquería steam 😉.

A founding father once said, “give me liberty or give me death,” and in 2019 we like to apply our lives to that saying and this one: *ehem* Give me tacos or give me death.

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Because what even is life without tacos? Stop — we don’t want to know. Shop this philosophical taco tee in our shop for just $24.99.

The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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Lizette Gutierrez’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

READ: ‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community