Ugly Betty protagonist Betty Suarez isn't your classic beauty, in case it wasn't obvious from the title of the show. The clumsy fashion journalist played by America Ferrera started off the series with braces, thick-rimmed glasses, unkempt eyebrows, and a wardrobe that constantly clashed. But as we've been told so many times before, it's what's on the inside that counts. And that's the appeal of Suarez, a kind-hearted underdog who wouldn't take no for an answer in the magazine world.
Ferrera told Redbook that she could relate to the fact that "Betty was a go-getter." While speaking to high school students, she revealed (via Catholic.org) that friends and family used to tell her, "You're Latino. That's not really what they want in Hollywood. You're short. You're not the image, you know, of what a beautiful Hollywood star is." Ferrera said that while these things hurt, they didn't stop her.
She has been just as determined in her personal life, whether it's fighting for women's rights or participating in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2016 with her husband Ryan Piers Williams. She also found a new TV show in Superstore. Ferrera can look a little more like herself in the workplace comedy, but she admitted she missed Suarez's wardrobe.
"As crazy as she looked, she was always wearing designer clothes," Ferrera told the UK's Loose Women. "I tried to take some of her clothes when the show was over, actually, but I never managed to put it together the way (wardrobe designer) Pat did."