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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

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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