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Stories of Second Generations: The ‘Ugly Betty’ effect

In the first of a new Oxford Blue series, Tosin Olusoji details her experiences confronting Eurocentric standards.

“It was when I got to year 6 and looked around at my blonde (and straight) haired, blue eyed peers, and realised that I, myself, was ‘Ugly Betty’, and that my worst nightmare had come true. I was the token, with unconventional and ‘large’ features. Unless my idea of what made a person beautiful changed – which for a long time it didn’t – ‘Ugly Betty’ would remain who I was and who I would always be.”

Illustration by Rosa Bonnin