Is ugly the new beautiful?
I was watching Sunrise this morning and there was a segment on the relatively new TV show ‘Ugly Betty’ which had sparked the question ‘is ugly the new beautiful?’
This ‘Betty’ character – who is supposedly ugly, with her glasses, mouth full of braces and who is a bit of a klutz – is apparently sending out the message that you don’t need to be beautiful to land a great job, that beauty is about more than how you look.
The first thing I noticed, was that the actress portraying this character really wasn’t ugly at all – it was just that they had attempted to uglify her (sterotypically) with glasses, braces and a different sense of dress style…
Just wondering what kind of message does this send out to impressionable young people who wear glasses and braces – people who probably already feel self-conscious enough as it is…???