Ugly Betty's Latina Body: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Contemporary US Television

Tierney, Dolores (2013) Ugly Betty's Latina Body: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Contemporary US Television. Film, Fashion and Consumption, 2 (1). pp. 7-24. ISSN 2044-2823

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Abstract

This article explores how ABC's fashion magazine set Ugly Betty (Ventanarosa/Reveille Productions, 2006-2010) makes a camp challenge to the ethnic- and class-based constructions of Latinness in mainstream media. It argues that the series' progressiveness lies in its self conscious `makeover' of both the original telenovela and the character of Betty. In the series Betty's `ugliness' is shown to be the product of not just aesthetics but also class and ethnographic discourses. This article traces the origins of the cultural, class-based and racial norms of beauty that Betty plays with exploring how these are mapped onto Betty's body in the first two seasons. It looks at how these beauty norms connect to contemporary notions of social mobility that are increasingly prominent in the third and final fourth season of the series.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography > TR0845 Cinematography. Motion pictures
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Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 11:38
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 09:30
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45088
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