Literature student, born and raised in South-East London - compulsive writer, art lover, and self-confessed history geek.
Published March 7th 2014
Meet Betty, your new best friend
Let me introduce you to my new best friend, Betty. We met about a month ago and we've been inseparable ever since. She's smart, she's spunky, she has a super unique sense of style – and she's fictional, but that's beside the point. Betty Suarez is the protagonist of ABC's hit series, Ugly Betty, which premiered in 2006 and ended in 2010. I realise that this review is four years late, but it may be useful to readers who, like me, are a little behind on their TV schedule.
Betty is an ambitious Latina writer living in Queens with her father, sister and nephew. At the beginning of the series she bags herself a job as assistant to the editor at Mode, an elite fashion magazine brimming with skeletal models and over-priced clothing. Deviating from the size-zero, plastic-fantastic norm, Betty struggles to fit in at first, but the series charmingly depicts Betty's journey from outsider to insider, as she integrates herself within the company and becomes irreplaceable in the eyes of her sensitive boss, Daniel Meade. What's that I hear? Yes, the concept is fairly similar to our favourite chick-flick, The Devil Wears Prada, but with four seasons of around twenty episodes each, Ugly Betty offers heaps more of the fashion world to indulge in – lucky us!
In addition to Betty's heart-warming relations with her family, and her romantic admirers, namely Henry (an unfortunate muddle of a man) and Gio (who will forever hold a piece of my heart), the series also commits to a whirlwind of drama surrounding the ownership of Mode. Wilhelmina Slater emerges as a Cruella DeVille-esque character who will stop at nothing to grasp her share of Mode's father, Meade Publishing.
Ugly Betty is packed with twists and turns, including deaths, births, betrayal and criminality. With guest stars such as Victoria Beckham and Lindsay Lohan, it's a perfect addition to any night-in with a bottle of wine. But above all, Ugly Betty makes me feel good. Betty is determined, ambitious, and kind, and during the series we share her highs and her lows. In fact, I've come to identify with Betty personally, as an aspiring writer living in London. Maybe its down to the show's great script, or maybe I'm a little too invested in television, either way, Betty is an inspiration, and I often now find myself wondering - what would Betty do?