Laughing her way to the top: The evolution of Sofia Vergara
MERMAID AT THE EMMYS
She may not have snatched the coveted Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy award at the Emmys, but Sofía Vergara did make quite a splash in that Zuhair Murad dress. Sofia has reached heights that many actresses who, like her, started out in Spanish TV, could only wish they reached. Here's a look at how this sexy Latina made it to the top, one laugh at a time.
Sofía Vergara hails from Barranquilla, Colombia, a city that also gave the world Shakira. Her birthdate? July 10, 1972.
At age 17 Sofía appeared in a Pepsi commercial. In the short spot, she removes her outfit to reveal a tiny bikini. It was just the beginning...
Sofía enjoyed a happy childhood among her five brothers and lots of cousins. Believe it or not, the girl people knew as "La Toti," was quiet and very studious.
Before easing into modeling, Sofía had begun her studies in hoped of becoming a dentist. Soon enough, though, modeling gigs would start to come her way.
Sofía's first boyfriend was a man named Joe González. They wed in 1991 when Sofía was 18 and a year later, she gave birth to little Manolo, or as they say in Spanish, "Manolito".
As you probably can imagine, after appearing on that now infamous Pepsi commercial, Sofia did not go unnoticed. At age 20 she packed her bags and moved to Colombia's capital, Bogotá, to pursue a career in modeling.
AAAH, THE EARLY 90s
Here's Sofia at Univision's "Lo Nuestro" awards in 1992. Doesn't she look even better 20 years later? Yes, she does.
Here's a promotional image of Fuera de serie, the Univision show that Sofia hosted between 1995 and 1998 and which catapulted her to celebrity status in the U.S. Hispanic market. Who's the guy, you might ask? That's her co-host, Fernando Fiore. Nice shirt, man.
With Fuera de serie airing on Univision, Sofia Vergara very quickly became quite the sensation in the Latino world.
Sofía is also known for her pearly whites and flashy smile, as this photo snapped at the premier of the film The Hot Chick (2002) shows.
HANGING WITH THE STARS
Who could forget that short dress Sofía wore at MTV Latin America Awards in 2002? Johnny Knoxville sure didn't.
Sofía brought a very special date - her son Manolo - to the 2002 Premios Lo Nuestro Awards in 2002. What a pair!
WATCH IT JUANES!
Sofía jokes around with fellow Colombian and recording artist Juanes at the Juventud Awards in 2004. By then Sofía had acted in TV series as well as motion pictures like Soul Plane, Chasing Papi and My Wife and Kids.
In 2005, Sofía starred in the TV series Hot Properties where she interpreted the sultry Lola Hernández.
Like many, many actresses who hope for bigger and better acting gigs, Sofia too had to do her time in Spanish telenovelas. Here she is during her participacion in 2008's Fuego en la sangre ("Fire in the Blood", literally).
A MODERN WOMAN
Famed knocked on Sofía's door in 2009 when she landed a part in ABC's new comedy Modern Family, in which she interpreted the loving and loud Latina Gloria Delgado, opposite to Ed O’Neill, most famous for interpreting Al Bundy in the hit TV series Married with Children.
FAMOUS AND FOLLOWED
Sofía's instant rise in the US market made her a household name and by 2010 paparazzi were in hot pursuit of the sexy Latina. Here lens snapped photos of the Colombian with boyfriend Nick Loeb in Ischia, Italy.
CURVES FOR DAYS
Sofía's Latina curves became an extension of her TV personality as evidenced in this photo at Emmys in 2011.
Sofía has kept a youthful and vibrant appearance as this photo from the 2010 Emmy Awards shows. She and Manolo could easily be confused for a pair of siblings.
In Sept. 2011, Sofía moved into the business world as she lauched her very own clothing line Sofía in New York's K-Mart.
JUST FOR LAUGHS
Sofía is known for her light hearted personality. Although at times, she scoffs at the paparazzi that follow her, on other occasions, she pauses and quips with them as in this photo shot in New York in June 2012.
As Sofía approached her 40th birthday the bombshell kept her bikini body as this Whosay image shared from Capri, Italy tells.
ALL EYES ON ME
All eyes were on Sofía at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2012 where she dazzled with this Marchesa number and her rocking figure.
TOAST OF THE TOWN
In April 2012, Sofía hosted the popular NBC show Saturday Night Live, where she joined the cast in the many parodies of the late night show. Who could forget the skit for a fake commercial with a Penelope Cruz impersonator?
OH, YES, $MILE
Last July, Sofia made the very top of Forbe's Best Paid Actresses list. According to the magazine, her earnings totaled 19 million dollars in the past year. Not bad, huh.
Sofía celebrated the Big 4-0 with a lavish party in the Maya ruins in Chichen Itzá, Mexico with a 90-guest list of friends, family and co-stars.
LORD OF THE RING
Sofía Vergara threw the media into a whirlwind during her birthday celebration. While vacationing in Mexico rumors spread that beau Nick Loeb had proposed. A source told PeopleEnEspanol.com that she had received a ring but was not in fact affianced.
RING AROUND THE DAISY
Sofía might have considered Nick Loeb's ring just a gift, but she flaunts the rock all over town as in this photo.
On Sept. 26 Sofía launched her new K-Mart collection just as Modern Family's new season began.
SOFÍA + 1
In the Modern Family's new season that premiers on Sept. 26 Sofía's character, Gloria has a bun in the oven. Could it be a little Gloria?