Stories like this one make me homicidal. Intrigued by the success of Ugly Betty (and no doubt inspired by Tyra Banks' fat suit debacle), hard-hitting Entertainment Tonight "reporter" Vanessa Minnillo decided to go undercover unattractive and see what it felt like to be—gasp!—less than pretty! Ewww!
A crew of makeup artists and stylists took six hours to turn the ex Miss Teen USA fugly. (I contend that I could've done the job in half the time using only my fist, a lead pipe and a jar fulla cold cream, but I digress.) Once fully fuglified, Minnillo discovered the shocking truth—people aren't nearly as nice to the ugly! No way!
The six-part series (don't they have impending Tom Cruise nuptials to cover?) also revealed that once Minnillo was restored to her natural state of ravishing, men were nicer to her than other women! Again, no way! So let me get this straight—it's hard to be ugly—but lest you think the fabulously gorgeous get off easy, it's no cakewalk being pretty either! Hmm.
Vanessa Minnillo has a high-profile romance festering with Nick Lachey (and as anyone who ever watched Newlyweds will attest, Nick only likes the smart chicks!). Despite the fact that she has no known qualifications (sorry, hon, that tiara doesn't count!), she's considered a "journalist." She makes more money in an hour than I make in a month. From where I'm sitting, being cute, vapid and incredibly stupid seems to be working out pretty well for Miss Minnillo.