While on one level the show is seemingly all about seeing the underdog overcome adversity in a pretentious world, on another level it teaches us that the ugly girl will struggle, will get the dorky ugly boyfriend, and will have to work harder than the pretty girls to achieve the same outcome. She will be ridiculed and disadvantaged because she's not pretty enough. If it were true that beauty equaled success, then surely all models and Hollywood Hotties would be universally fulfilled, balanced, and emotionally healthy little campers. Clearly this is not the situation. In fact, they would be the happiest because they are the most beautiful, apparently.
One of the challenges of my job (my company facilitates over 1,500 Personal Training sessions every week) is to help people (who are going through physical changes) keep perspective. That is, not throwing all of their eggs in their physical basket while simultaneously neglecting their psychological, emotional, and spiritual selves. Some people are surprised that an exercise scientist (a bloke who owns a couple of gyms) would spend more time working with a person’s head and heart stuff than he would the physical.
I do this because I know (long-term) satisfaction, happiness, fulfillment, and joy never comes from the physical (it can be part of, but never the total solution). I understand that appearance (beauty) has very little to do with long-term success. I don't care too much about my clients’ appearance, but I do care about how they feel and function and their overall health. While I do care about their cholesterol, blood sugar, body-fat levels, posture, diet, and their cardiovascular health (the physical stuff), I care more that they understand that while it's great to be in shape and look good, our bodies aren’t who we are - just where we live.
Most of us agree we are complex, multi-dimensional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual beings who roam this big blue ball for eighty years or so in this physical body, and then once we die we... okay, that's another article!