updated: 05/05/2010

ugly Betties: various Ugly Betties

This ugly duckling tale typically features a sweet but intelligent overweight fashion disaster with broken glasses and braces. With a lot of help from her friends she becomes a beauty and gets her happy ending. It all began in 1999 with Yo soy Betty, la fea in Colombia and has become one of the most successful worldwide franchises: it's been remade in the Philippines, Venezuela, India, China, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Mexico (twice apparently), the Netherlands, Spain, and even Iraq. These are a selection of the actresses who have played her various incarnations.

Bela, a Feia (2009, Brazil): This version featured Giselle Itié as Anabela ‘Bela’ Palhares. I have no makeup credits for this series.

Sara (2007, Belgium): This version featured Veerle Baetens as Sara De Roose. I have no makeup credits for this series.

Lotte (2006, The Netherlands): This version featured Nyncke Beekhuyzen as Lotte Pron. I have no makeup credits for this series.

La fea más bella (2006, Mexico): This version featured Angélica Vale as Leticia ‘Lety’ Padilla Solís. I have no makeup credits for this series.

Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999, Columbia): This was the original Ugly Betty and starred Ana Maria Orozco as Beatriz ‘Betty’ Pinzón Solano, the sweet and intelligent ugly duckling who fell in love with her boss at a prominent Bogotá fashion house. Through her strength of spirit, and with a little help from her family and friends, Betty’s inner beauty emerged for all to see. Rossio López was the makeup designer.