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Here’s A Quick Look Into Sofia Vergara’s Rise From Latin American Star To Hollywood It Girl

If we think of a Latina that has really crossed over to the Anglo market while keeping her sass intact, then we gotta consider Sofia Vergara, the Colombian bombshell who celebrates her 47th birthday this July 10. Vergara is mostly known to global audiences for her role of Gloria in the now classic sitcom Modern Family, which started airing ten years ago in 2009 (really, has it been that long?!). However, her career is much older than that, and spans modeling for the Latin American market and acting in Spanish-speaking telenovelas and TV shows. Here’s what you need to know about the highest paid Latina actress of all time (it is really profitable to be the star of a sensation like Modern Family).

Her full name is Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara.Sofia Vergara

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Uf, that is a mouthful. Sofia Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972, and was destined for greatness a long time ago.

She grew up as the rancher’s daughter.Sofia Vergara

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Her mom Margarita was a housewife, while her father, Julio Emilio, was a cattle rancher who primarily did business with the meat industry.

Her childhood nickname will make you smile.Sofia Vergara

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“Toti”, that is how her five siblings and many primos called her. We wonder if her husband, Australian actor Joe Manganiello (pictured here) also calls her that! That would be simply adorable

She originally wanted to become a dentist.Sofia Vergara

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Say “Ahhhhhh”! Yes, that is right, our queen studied three years of dentistry in her native Colombia and was very close to getting her degree when she decided to pack her things and move to Miami (the epicenter of Latino media in the 1990s) to pursue a career in modeling and acting. It was a wise choice although we are sure she would have been successful in anything she set her mind to do. 

Her family fell victim to the violence in 1990s Colombia.Sofia Vergara

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One of the reasons why Sofia Vergara decided to migrate to the United States was the high levels of violence and social unrest in Colombia. Her older brother Rafael was murdered during a kidnapping attempt in 1998. 

Her onscreen debut was a Pepsi commercial.Sofia Vergara

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Being a good Catholic girl, Sofia Vergara was a bit apprehensive about acting and modeling. By the time she was 17, she lit up TV sets across the whole continent by appearing in a Pepsi commercial.

She attended a prestigious acting school.Sofia Vergara

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Yes, the Creative Workshops School of Acting, which is the alma mater of iconic Latino personalities such as Gloria Estefan. De la realeza de la farandula! She co-hosted Univision’s Spanish travel show Fuera De Serie from 1995-1998, which made her a celebrity in the region. In the show, she would travel to exotic locations with her co-host Fernando Fiore.

Her big breakthrough: Modern Family, of course!Sofia Vergara

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As Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Vergara has received every accolade imaginable and has become the highest paid Latina in entertainment. She has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Not bad for someone who was typecast as the hot Latino trophy wife but ended up stealing the show!

She is a natural blonde.Sofia Vergara

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Yes, as this picture from the 1990s attests, she is a natural rubia. However, she asks to get her hair dyed in black or brown to appear more Latina! 

She has her own line of jeans, which she launched with Walmart.Sofia Vergara

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Talk about breaking into the mainstream! Sofia Jeans was launched in association with Walmart and it offers body-positive products to women who want to look as fab as queen Sofia!

She is a cancer survivor.Sofia Vergara

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In 2000, when she was already appearing in some Univision shows, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She had her thyroid removed, underwent a tough treatment and fully recovered. Talk about a turn of events for one of the most successful women in the world, regardless of ethnicity.

As of 2016, her annual income was almost $43 million a year. Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara is a power player in Hollywood and no one, absolutely no one can stop her. Forbes calculates her current annual income to be nearly $50 million USD. Not bad, not bad at all! 

Not bad for a girl who was discovered on a beach.Sofia Vergara

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Yes, just a few years after this photo was taken, when she was 17, a photographer discovered her at a Colombian beach. We can only imagine how doubtful and potentially worried her family was, particularly given the political and social climate in Colombia at the time. She has said that is she hadn’t gone to the beach that day, she would have become a dentist.

She was an established name in the Spanish-speaking world well before Modern Family.Sofia Vergara

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We are sure you have seen this magazine, Vanidades, at your abuelita’s house! Sofia Vergara got her big break on the  1995 Mexican telenovela Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma

She has even done Broadway.Sofia Vergara

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Yes, in 2009 she gave her first Broadway performance as Mama Morton in Chicago. A star was born and hasn’t stopped since.

She first married when she was 18.Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara married her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, and they had a kid in 1991, Manolo. They ended things in 1993, but Manolo is Sofias life! She was engaged to Nicholas Loeb in 2012 but the relationship ended in 2014 (she later had a legal dispute with Loeb concerning the fate of three embryos they produced for future development when they were together). 

She wanted to have a breast reduction surgery when she was a young woman.Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara felt embarrassed by her breasts when she was a child, but she is now proud of her womanly figure, as she should be. Body positivity above all! She now says: “Beauty is really all about confidence…” Yes ma’am. 

She has a personalidad liviana.

Sofia Vergara

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Part of her success has to do with her good nature and free personality. She has said: “I can turn around and scream and get angry, but I turn around and I forget about it.”

She became a US citizen in 2014.Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara announced that she had scored perfect in the citizenship test when she visited the Jimmy Kimmel show! Take that, anti-immigration bullies!

She married Joe Mangianello in 2015.Sofia Vergara

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Look at these two love birds! They got engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after dating for only six months. But when things are meant to be, well, there is nothing you can do against it. The happy and gorgeous couple married in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 21, 2015. Judging by their Instas, they lead a free and loving existence, and they seriously give us all the FOMO with the amazing holidays, brunches, laughter and everyday domestic moments they share. Here is for tons of happiness for our Sofia, and for her to continue to inspire strong, independent Latinas for many years to come. Te queremos, La Toti, te queremos!

READ: 21 Old Sofia Vergara Photos Which Prove Latinas Don’t Age

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Sofia Vergara Will Be Starring In a Gender-Swapped ‘Zorro’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Robert Rodriguez

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Sofia Vergara Will Be Starring In a Gender-Swapped ‘Zorro’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Robert Rodriguez

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Just when you thought you’d heard it all, news of Sofia Vergara playing Zorro’ TV Series comes out, and you have to start questioning everything.

That’s right–recently the news broke that Vergara will be starring in a “Zorro” TV series where she’ll be playing a female version of the legendary masked vigilante.

According to the press release, the Colombian beauty will be playing the character of Sola Dominguez, an “underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro’ TV Series.” The plot will thicken as Dominguez’s “life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them.” So…it sounds like the series will also be set in modern times? Interesting.

The character of “Zoro” was created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. The legend follows a masked, caped crusader (alias: Don Diego de la Vega) in Alta California who defends Indigenous and poor Californians from the heartless and exploitative ruling class.

The wildly popular character started off appearing in the pages of pulp fiction books before making his big-screen debut in 1920. Since then, the character has been played by everyone from Douglas Fairbanks to Antonio Banderas to Christian Meier.

This time around, the reboot is being produced by Mexican-American Robert Rodriguez of “Machete” and “Spy Kids” fame.

According to reports, the pilot will be directed by Robert Rodriguez’s sister, writer-director Rebecca Rodriguez. So that means the main creative team is made up of Latinos and will be spearheaded by a woman. This sounds like a super exciting project!

This isn’t the first time that Rodriguez and Vergara have partnered up professionally. The duo previously teamed up for 2013’s Machete Kills in which Vergara played a deadly and seductive brothel owner.

This isn’t the first time that Robert Rodriguez has been attached to a Zorro movie. He was initially set to direct 1999’s version, The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, but ended up shelving that project due to creative differences.

We hope that Rodriguez can truly execute his vision this time around! We love to see Latinos as a creative force in front of and behind the camera.

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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This year has been a great time to get intimately acquainted with your apartment and home. It was also a time to get very familiar with what there is to watch on your streaming platforms. Here’s what we spent the year of quarantine binge watching.

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Queen’s Gambit” was one of the most popular shows of the year. The limited series was all about chess and a young woman’s journey to become the best in the world. She learns while in an orphanage and eventually starts to become a mastermind of chess. The show has brought a lot of attention to chess and more people than ever are interested in the board game. Anya Taylor-Joy as the main character is one of the best performances of the year.

“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” is the Star Wars show that everyone can’t stop talking about. Pedro Pascal brings the Latino essence to the show without even knowing it. The Star Wars universe is never-ending and this show proves that the fans will show up whenever there is anything Star Wars.

“Los Espookys”

The HBO series is giving you all of the dry, senseless humor you can stand. It is worth watching the show just to get some much needed laughs after this dumpster fire of a year. Let yourself be lost in the hilarity that is Julio Torres.

“Pose”

Afro-Latino queer ballroom culture takes center stage in the FX original show “Pose.” So much of queer culture is thanks to queer people of color and this show honors them. It is one of the best queer shows to ever hit a streaming platform and will open your eyes to a part of the queer community that is often ignored and overlooked.

“Happiest Season”

Another brilliant queer production, “Happiest Season” is all about lesbian love and coming out of the closet. Aubrey Plaza, while not a leading character, plays an important role in helping Abby and Harper’s relationship move to the next level. Harper is left trying to decide if it is worth coming out to her family during the holidays and the result is everything you hoped for.

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” a young robotics genius is living her teenage life with all of the awkward moments you would expect. The show was definitely a sleeper but it makes the list because of the wonderful representation. It isn’t often that you see young Latinas in tech or robotics in media. It’s worth a watch just to fill you with all kinds of good feels.

READ: Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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