|MEDIA | winter 2007
An "ugly" new TV character brings gender, class, ethnic and body issues to the screen
|America Ferrara with Salma Hayek, executive producer of Ugly Betty as well as a character on the show.
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.