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MEDIA | winter 2007

Beautiful Betty
An "ugly" new TV character brings gender, class, ethnic and body issues to the screen

America Ferrara with Salma Hayek
America Ferrara with Salma Hayek, executive producer of Ugly Betty as well as a character on the show.
Photo: Danny Feld / ABC

Ms. offers a warm congratulations to Salma Hayek, America Ferrera, and "Ugly Betty" for their Golden Globe wins.

In the new issue of Ms., race and media expert Yeidy Rivero gives a feminist take on the popular, groundbreaking new show. Betty embodies the struggles of "real-life U.S. women," says Rivero. And despite the show's tongue-in-cheek title, Betty transcends her unstylish appearance, riding on her intelligence and ambition-and serving as an inspiration to women and girls.

"I hear from young girls on a daily basis how it makes them feel worthy and lovable and how they have more to offer the world than they thought," said America in her acceptance speech. "This character . is truly bringing a new face to television."

We couldn't agree more.

To read Yeidy Rivero's "Beautiful Betty," pick up the new issue of Ms., available on newsstands nationwide. Next time, don't miss out - join the Ms. community today and receive a year of the nation's premier feminist magazine delivered to your door.