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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

1. 1999 - Columbia
1. 1999 - Columbia

'Yo soy Betty, la fea'

2. 2003 - India

2. 2003 - India
2. 2003 - India

'Jassi Jassi Koi Nahin'

3. 2005 - Turkey

3. 2005 - Turkey
3. 2005 - Turkey

'Sensiz Olmuyor' 

4. 2005 - Germany

4. 2005 - Germany
4. 2005 - Germany

'Verliebt in Berlin'

5. 2005 - Russia

5. 2005 - Russia
5. 2005 - Russia

'Ne Rodis Krasivoy'

6. 2006 - USA

6. 2006 - USA
6. 2006 - USA

'Ugly Betty'

7. 2006 - Mexico

7. 2006 - Mexico
7. 2006 - Mexico

'La Fea mas bella'

8. 2006 - Netherlands

8. 2006 - Netherlands
8. 2006 - Netherlands

'Lotte'

9. 2006 - Spain

9. 2006 - Spain
9. 2006 - Spain

'Yo Soy Bea'

10. 2007 - Greece

10. 2007 - Greece
10. 2007 - Greece

'Maria, I Asximi'

11. 2007 - Belgium

11. 2007 - Belgium
11. 2007 - Belgium

'Sara'

12. 2008 - Poland

12. 2008 - Poland
12. 2008 - Poland

'BrzydUla'

13. 2008 - Czech Republic

13. 2008 - Czech Republic
13. 2008 - Czech Republic

'Osklivka Katka'

14. 2008 - Vietnam

14. 2008 - Vietnam
14. 2008 - Vietnam

'Co Gai Xau Xi'

15. 2008 - Philippines

15. 2008 - Philippines
15. 2008 - Philippines

'I ❤️ Betty la Fea'

16. 2008 - China

16. 2008 - China
16. 2008 - China

'Chou Nu Wu Di'

17. 2009 - Brazil

17. 2009 - Brazil
17. 2009 - Brazil

'Bela, a Feia'

18. 2010 - Georgia

18. 2010 - Georgia
18. 2010 - Georgia

'Gogona Gareubnidan'

19. 2014 - Egypt

19. 2014 - Egypt
19. 2014 - Egypt

'Heba Regl El Ghorab'

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