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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vanessa Williams On Her 'Ugly' Style

Oct. 7 2009, Published 5:50 a.m. ET

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With all the attention Anna Wintour has been grabbing for her documentary The September Issue, we've lost sight of another fashion magazine villain--the delicious Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty's ruthless editirix played by Vanessa Williams. caught up with the beauty queen turned actress, where she discussed the difference her personal and professional style.

"I’m way more concerned about comfort," Vanessa said of her daily life, "Do the shoes feel comfortable? Can I move in the dress? Can I breathe?"

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Slater's look typifies the pain-is-beauty complex, says Williams.

"When I wear little Wilhelmina stuff it’s definitely putting on the Spanx and sucking in my stomach and hoping it lasts through the day. Her silhouette is a lot more severe and structured."

Read about Vanessa's work with Dress For Success and her openess about using Botox.

Williams says her go-to designers for the red carpet are Carmen Marc Valvo, a New York-based designer and personal friend of Williams for 20 years, and the trusty fit of Ralph Lauren Purple Label.

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"It’s a  no-brainer. I know that Purple Label pants in a size four fits me no question," said Williams.

Ugly Betty premieres Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC!



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