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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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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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