When Cedar Wood enters the Royal beauty pageant, she inspires Apple White to spellabrate the true meaning of beauty.
During lunch, Ashlynn invites the Rebels for a shopping session after school. This forces Cedar to turn down the offer and spill her reason in one breath: she entered the Royals' beauty pageant. She didn't say anything about it before because she feared they'd find it silly. Her friends are nothing short of supportive, though, and wish her good luck.
The host of the beauty pageant is the White Queen, who turns out to work by different definitions of beauty and the purpose of beauty pageants than Cedar. While Cedar was expecting the pageant to focus just as much, if not more, on inner beauty as on outer beauty, the rehearsals only pay attention to the latter. The White Queen has them practice on their smiling, their grace of walking on high-heeled shoes, and makes them prepare a speech on why looking good is the most important thing in the world. The speech's subject has Cedar speaking up and explaining why she disagrees with the idea that only outside beauty is to be celebrated.
Apple, another contestant, is shaken by Cedar's words because of their truthfulness. She retreats to a study lounge to reconsider her victories in previous beauty pageants. Cedar, having noticed the other's negative change in demeanor, enters the study lounge to apologize to Apple. Apple replies that Cedar opened her eyes and proposes that the two of them change the nature of the beauty pageant. Cedar gladly joins in. When the beauty pageant is eventually held, it is on the new terms. A speech about true beauty has the crowd cheering loudly for all contestants.
- The title is a play on of the expression "the ugly truth".
- The beauty pageant outfits are so far unidentified.