Full detailed profile on Wilhelmina Slater Played by Vanessa Williams on Ugly Betty Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: Vanessa Williams
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* Conspires with Alexis Meade to take over MODE.
Current: Creative Editor of MODE
Past: Top model
Wilhelmina grew up as the daughter of a family of privilege. Sent away to boarding school, she became determined to gain the love and respect of her cold and domineering father. As a top model in her younger days, she gained sophistication and a greater taste for class as she traveled the world and became one of its most famous faces.
She began her affiliation with MODE early in her career and has moved through the ranks with great agility. When her friend Fey Sommers, the editor of MODE, died, she expected to take her place and fulfill her ambitions. Unfortunately, in what she regards as an act of brute nepotism, she was passed over in favor of the publisher's son Daniel. Since he had little business acumen or fashion sense, this was doubly an affront.
Subsequently, she has sought to undermine and destroy his career so that she can take over. This has included sabotaging photo shoots and magazine projects. She is being aided in this by a mysterious woman kept at a clinic with whom she is regularly seen conspiring. Her plans move along with the help of her eager assistant Marc who she had to buy off when he happened upon her more questionable dealings.
Outside of the machinations of office politics, she has tried to address her strained relationship with her rebellious daughter Nico. She even went so far as cooking her an entire Thanksgiving meal, something that her ice queen persona would find difficult to comprehend.
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Betty tells Daniel that it may be a good thing that he and Alexis work side by side. Daniel informs her that it was never easy working directly beside Alex because he always had to pull out on top. Daniel and Alexis meet with Wilhelmina to inform her that they are both Editors-in-Chief at Mode. Daniel informs Wilhelmina that she is still the creative director. When he begins to claim what duties he will handle, Alexis interrupts and insists that she doesnít want anything to do with the business. Daniel leaves the room and Wilhelmina rushes over to Alexis. She tells her that she has to take what belongs to her and that she canít leave Mode. Wilhelmina then tells her that she should take her office and operate from there. Marc panics when Wilhelmina drags him down to their new office. She insists that it will be temporary. Just long enough for Alexis and Daniel to kill each other! Marc gets a text message on his cell phone informing him that his mother is in the building.
Betty rushes to see Daniel and tells him that Alexis is planning to take over the company and push him out! Daniel puts on his jacket and goes to see his sister. Alexis tells him that they should try working together. He insists that he is not just her kid brother anymore and that he canít push her around. She tells him that they are in this 50/50. Daniel agrees and instructs her to have her letter from the Editor ready by noon tomorrow so that they can print them side by side. When he leaves she calls in Nick (her assistant) and orders him to cancel his plans for tonight because they have to get their work completed by midnight. She informs him that Daniel is crazy if he thinks that she is going to share anything with him! Alexis has a major photo shoot and sends her pictures in to be on the next cover of the Magazine. Wilhelmina is pleased with all that she has done and insists that this is just too easy! Alexis tells them that Daniel isnít going to know what hit him and rushes out the door.
Wilhelmina goes to see Claire in the hospital. She tells Claire that she is worried about the business because Daniel and Alexis are going to kill each other. She suggests that she get her attorney to draw up a power of attorney so that she can keep things running smoothly. Claire informs her that she knows what she is about and that she will not let her get the company. Claire informs Wilhelmina that only a Meade will run this company from now on! Wilhelmina then holds a bottle of liquor in front of her face, but she still doesnít give in to her requests. Wilhelmina puts a glass of liquor right on the table in front of Claire who is handcuffed to the bed. When she leaves Claire tries with all of her might to reach the glass, but is unsuccessful.
Alexis sees Daniel and Betty running down the street to the printers. Daniel and Alexis sprint side by side toward the entrance but Alexis wins in the end. Daniel then runs into Betty at a bar and tells her that if Alexis wants the company, then she can have it. He insists that he has plenty of partying that he can catch up on. Wilhelmina sits in her office and thinks of a plan. She reaches down and scratches out her last name (Slater) on her stationary and writes in Meade! She then dolls all up and heads over to see Bradford. She offers him a little dinner and some company. Betty arrives back home and finds Marc sitting alone on her front porch. He tells her that his mother left when he told her the truth. Betty tells him that she has learned that it is not always family that loves you the most and that sometimes it is the family that we make for ourselves. Marc leaves to go home and Betty sits alone and reads the letter that Daniel wrote. His letter talks about how happy he is to have Alexis back with him and that his family is coming together. Betty goes inside and spends time with her family.
Grace and Daniel chit chat in bed before they start the day. Daniel panics when she informs him that she needs to speak with his mother. He tells her that Claire has gone away and that she probably wonít be able to find her. Daniel then rushes out and sends Claire off to a hotel to stay. He instructs her not to talk to anyone! Amanda tells Marc that she met designer Oswald Lorenzo the other night at a party. She tells him the story of how she fought another girl for his affections at the social. Amanda opens a packaged delivery and finds a dress that Lorenzo has sent to her. She is thrilled to find out that he has named the dress after her ďThe AmandaĒ. Amanda grabs the tiny silver dress and runs to change into it. She later emerges in the dress and it fits as tight as a mermaid outfit. Amanda struggles to move around the office but refuses to take it off. Alexis goes to see Wilhelmina and tells her that she has to at least give Daniel a chance since he was willing to turn his back on their father. Alexis gets upset and leaves when she sees the news coverage of Grace Chin defending her father. Constance visits Ignacio and continues to pour on the charm. She wrestles him down and steals a kiss.
Marc and Wilhelmina plow through the closet looking for a specific dress. When Christina tells them that Daniel had it, Wilhelmina becomes suspicious. She demands to know what Daniel did with the dress but Christina insists that she doesnít know. Wilhelmina threatens to call Betty and tell her that Christina is the one that took the evidence on Bradford to the police department. Christina lashes out at her and tells her that she canít keep treating her like this. Christina gives in and tells them that Daniel gave the dress to Grace Chin. Both Wilhelmina and Marc are puzzled since Daniel has told everyone that he doesnít even know Grace. Wilhelmina quickly puts 2 and 2 together and insists that Daniel is sleeping with his fatherís lawyer. Wilhelmina orders Marc to follow Daniel everywhere he goes and to get proof of his affair with Grace.
Wilhelmina is thrilled to get the video that Marc has captured on his cell phone of Grace and Daniel having sex on a dirty floor. She burns it to a CD and has it delivered to Alexis. Alexis is furious to find out that Daniel has betrayed her. Wilhelmina tells her that she knows exactly how she feels because she has been betrayed by a so called friend. Grace tells Daniel that she knows that Claire is the one that killed Faye. She tells him that she is confident that she can help her mother out of the situation by getting her doctors to testify. Just then Alexis walks in and tells Daniel that the woman he says that he has never met is in his bed with him!