19 Faces Of 'Ugly Betty' Adaptations Around The World

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It all started in Columbia in 1999 with "Yo soy Betty, la fea" (I am Betty, the Ugly). The tender, comedic story was told over the course of around 335 half-hour episodes (which were re-edited into 169 hour-long episodes for rebroadcast in the U.S.) and became such a national obsession in Colombia that streets were practically empty whenever an episode was playing. 

The show also became successful internationally -it went on to be adapted in close to 20 different countries, each using the basic set up (an “ugly” but brilliant woman succeeding in a beauty-driven industry) as a springboard to launch decidedly local stories.

Find below a list of 19 global adaptations of the Betty la fea story, including the Salma Hayek-produced ABC one-hour comedy (Ugly Betty) as well as Chinese, Greek and even Vietnamese productions, to see how the 'ugly' and 'beautiful' faces of the Bettys were portrayed by different actresses in different countries.

1. 1999 - Columbia

1999 - Columbia
1999 - Columbia

"Yo soy Betty, la fea"

2. 2003 - India

2003 - India
2003 - India

"Jassi Jassi Koi Nahin"

3. 2005 - Turkey

2005 - Turkey
2005 - Turkey

"Sensiz Olmuyor" 

4. 2005 - Germany

2005 - Germany
2005 - Germany

"Verliebt in Berlin"

5. 2005 - Russia

2005 - Russia
2005 - Russia

"Ne Rodis Krasivoy"

6. 2006 - USA

2006 - USA
2006 - USA

"Ugly Betty"

7. 2006 - Mexico

2006 - Mexico
2006 - Mexico

"La Fea mas bella"

8. 2006 - Netherlands

2006 - Netherlands
2006 - Netherlands

"Lotte"

9. 2006 - Spain

2006 - Spain
2006 - Spain

"Yo Soy Bea"

10. 2007 - Greece

2007 - Greece
2007 - Greece

"Maria, I Asximi"

11. 2007 - Belgium

2007 - Belgium
2007 - Belgium

"Sara"

12. 2008 - Poland

2008 - Poland
2008 - Poland

"BrzydUla"

13. 2008 - Czech Republic

2008 - Czech Republic
2008 - Czech Republic

"Osklivka Katka"

14. 2008 - Vietnam

2008 - Vietnam
2008 - Vietnam

"Co Gai Xau Xi"

15. 2008 - Philippines

2008 - Philippines
2008 - Philippines

"I ❤️ Betty la Fea"

16. 2008 - China

2008 - China
2008 - China

"Chou Nu Wu Di"

17. 2009 - Brazil

2009 - Brazil
2009 - Brazil

"Bela, a Feia"

18. 2010 - Georgia

2010 - Georgia
2010 - Georgia

"Gogona Gareubnidan"

19. 2014 - Egypt

2014 - Egypt
2014 - Egypt

"Heba Regl El Ghorab"

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