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These Iconic Ugly Betty Moments Defined A Show That Defined Our Youth

It has been over 10 years since the Salma Hayek-produced hit “Ugly Betty” aired its final episode. And we miss the Suarez family and the extravagant personalities of the magazine industry. While the story of “Betty, La Fea” had been adapted (and continues to be adapted) in numerous countries and languages, the U.S. version represented a breakthrough moment for the representation of Latinos. It also gave actress America Ferrara the ideal platform to launch her career. 

Without “Ugly Betty” there would be no “Jane the Virgin,” no “Vida” (you gotta watch this one!) and no wider representation of Latino culture on television. The road is still long, but Betty and her poncho smashed the glass ceiling. 

Here are some of our favorite moments of the show.

When Betty chats about ponchos with a top model who is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana cape.

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We adore Betty because she is clueless and doesn’t buy into the whole fashion industry. This is Betty at her cutest, comparing her famous poncho with a super expensive one. 

When she shows up to Mode’s headquarters for the first time, wearing her poncho, of course.

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This tender moment took places in the pilot episode. We will never forget the bold yellow letters and our girl’s sunshine of a smile! This moment will be forever engrained in the history of television. 

When Wihelmina gets risky duck injections this is more like a cautionary tale.

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Wihelmina is funny and tragic in equal measures. We love her telenovela-like obsession with youth, and seeing her like this gave us a sense of guilty pleasure, TBH.  Also: do not try this at home. 

When Betty goes to London during Fashion Week in Season 4.

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Really, our chiquita needed a break from all that drama. It was great seeing her in the British capital enjoying some time with her beau (Freddy Rodriguez, we miss you!). Betty looks so relaxed and elegant here, we can’t get enough of her. 

When Amanda walks the halls of Mode naked and Betty gets freaked out.

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This is such a Betty moment: the conservative Latina girl encounters the body positivity of the fashion industry. Ay, Dios

When Daniel silently realizes a hug from Betty feels like home.

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Betty and Daniel have such an up and down relationship. But when it is just the two of them, the pretty boy understands that he feels safe and loved with Betty. Nothing like a hug to reveal what the heart truly wants. 

When Betty finally loses her braces and munches on a metallic bra to test her teeth.

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Episode 17 of Season 4 was magical: our Betty finally shows her Million Dollar Smile! A new world of sensations awaits her as she enjoys a brace-free mouth for the first time in like forever. Oh, Betty, eres una chistosa

When Wihelmina gets married but is jealous of Victoria Beckham.

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Yes, Wihelmina loves the spotlight so seeing her compete for everyone’s attention with her famous maid of honor is funny, funny, funny. Victoria shines as the attention-grabber that becomes Wihelmina’s worst nightmare. 

When Marc tells Betty she has it easy because she is Latina and there is affirmative action.

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Betty gets picked up for a training program, YETI, and Marc doesn’t. He is obviously upset, him being him, and tells her that she got it because she is Latina. Such a relatable moment for all of us, eh! 

When Marc finally comes out of the closet with his mom.

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We do not care much for Marc: he is egocentric and makes our girl’s life a living hell inside Mode. But he gave us this very tender moment when he couldn’t keep his sexual identity from his mother anymore and just spilled the beans. Good on him.

Speaking of coming out. When Alexis Meade revealed she was trans.

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She did so right in the middle of a fashion show. She revealed her identity as Daniel’s former brother. A truly groundbreaking moment in television history when it comes to the representation of non-gender-conforming individuals. 

When cultures collide.

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The show is very skillful in showing the tensions that exist when Anglo and Mexican-American cultures collide. Here we can see Marc visiting the Suarez family. An uncomfortable but very revealing moment that happens in the US every-single-pinche-day. 

When Wihelmina shows men who boss really is all of the time.

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Wihelmina is a much more complex character than we give her credit for. After all, she is a powerful woman in a corporate environment. As much as we mistrust her, we admire her will, elegance and general badass attitude. Queen.

When Justin auditions in Broadway.

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We love how sure of himself Betty’s brother, Justin, is. He doesn’t give an F about what anyone thinks. He is flamboyant and he owns it! In this audition, by the way, he bumps into the school’s bully, Randy, and they form an unexpected bond. They were auditioning for “Billy Elliot,” by the way, a musical about overcoming stereotypes and just being yourself. 

When Wihelmina performs onstage at a drag club.

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After finding out that a drag queen has stolen her personality to stage a show, our villana takes matters into her own heels and goes on stage. It is “Ugly Betty” meets “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Sabor! 

When Adele makes an appearance.

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We just love the British diva, and so does Betty. When the singer shows up at a party and performs, Betty just can’t act like anything else but a fangirl! This episode helped Adele be more widely known in the coveted U.S. market. 

When Justin is named the Homecoming Queen as a joke, but he owns the moment.

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He accepts the flowers, dedicates the win to his late mom and turns humiliation into glory! Hail Queen Justin! Years later, “Glee”would do something similar. 

When Justin experiences his first his… awww…

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Another groundbreaking moment. Teen gay characters are often portrayed as conflicted and rejected. Not Justin, though, who shares his first kiss with pretty boy Austin. A tender, unforgettable moment. 

When Naomi Campbell herself played ball. 

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“Ugly Betty”had its share of guest appearances, but one of the best was having the supermodel appear in season 2. She was playing in team Elleagainst team Mode: the rivalry spread from the glossy pages to the field. Just look at her.

When Betty met Shakira herself in the Bahamas.

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Real women have curves, as we witnessed in this episode with two of the biggest Latina icons ever. Just seeing these two onscreen together gave us all the proud feels.

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

Naya Rivera’s Most Powerful Performances On Glee Will Make You Llorar

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Naya Rivera’s Most Powerful Performances On Glee Will Make You Llorar

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As Naya Rivera fans mourn her death, we wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful singer whose voice made such a difference to girls and boys watching her on “Glee.” For all of her performances, Rivera manages to give her full heart and often made her fans cry.

Here’s to the Afro-Latina beauty and her legacy.

“Landslide”

For her performance of the Fleetwood Mac version of “Landslide,” Rivera delivered another emotional performance alongside her co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Morris. In the episode, Santana chooses the song to tell Brittany how she feels about her. Despite her performance, Santana tells her classmate Rachel Berry that just because she sang a song with Brittany, it doesn’t mean that anyone, can put a label on her.

“If I Die Young”

In the episode honoring the death of her former co-star Cory Monteith, Rivera as Santana reveals how hurt she is by his character Finn’s death.

”River Deep, Mountain

High” 

Originally performed by Ike & Tina Turner, Santana sings this song alongside her peer Mercedes for the Glee Club’s the duet competition to win a free meal Breadstix. Which we all know Santana loved.

“Valerie”

In the Season Two and ninth episode of Glee, Santana gave a soulful performance of Valerie by The Zutons (Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse version

“Girl On Fire”

In Season Four, Santana sang “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys while making the decision to move on from her life and to New York.

“Don’t Rain On My Parade”

In season 5 of “Glee” Santana’s performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” quite literally stunned everyone.

“Rumor Has It / Someone Like You”

In the final song of the season 3, Santana sings “Rumour Has It/Someone Like You” by Adele as a mash-up.

“Survivor/ I Will Survive”

For her big performance, Santana sang the Destiny’s Child/Gloria Gaynor mashup in the eighth episode of Season Three.

“Mine”

Santana broke just about every heart, including Brittany’s when she breaks up with her while singing “Mine” by Taylor Swift.

Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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After days of searching, actress Naya Rivera’s body was recovered at Lake Piru in Ventura County, CA. Her life ended saving her own 4-year-old son Josey during a boating trip that went awry on July 8. But before her tragic end, Rivera was an actress and singer who won awards for her breakout role as Santana Rivera on the FOX series “Glee” and used her platform to support the LGBTQ community.

In response to her death, co-stars, fans, and admirers are celebrating her life and highlighting her work.

Check out some of the touching tributes below.

Naya’s co-star Lauren Potter paid tribute to the late actress with a throwback photo.

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Cheerios Forever

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Like her co-star Rivera, Lauren Potter became a breakout star thanks to her role on the FOX series “Glee.” Known for her part as Becky Jackson on the series, Potter paid tribute to Potter with a photo and a heartbreaking caption that read “Cheerios Forever.”

Rivera’s “Glee” co-star Chris Colfer honored her in an Instagram post writing that “being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor.”

Speaking of Rivera, Colfer wrote “How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched.”

Glee turned Dreamgirls actress Amber Riley also paid tribute.

Riley, one of the only Black actresses besides Rivera in the early seasons of the show described Rivera as her favorite duet partner. “I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything,” she wrote.”

Heather Morris, Rivera’s love interest in Glee explained that she was taking some time to grieve.

Morris had been one of the people to join in the search for Rivera.

Reality star Nene Leakes promised to hold memories of Rivera “close to my heart.”

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow also contributed to the comments with a video of her and Naya singing “Landslide” while on Glee.

“Remembering beautiful @nayarivera today,” Paltrow commented. “Getting to sing in this trio with her was such a special moment. I am in utter shock and disbelief that someone so full of life and passion and talent is no longer with us. And completely heartbroken for her family.”