So great they had to name her twice, SofÃa Margarita Vergara Vergara was born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Colombia. The Emmy nominated Latina’s luxurious locks and sassy sense of humor (“Jay!”) have been spicing up episodes of ABC’s Modern Family since 2009.
Sometimes, life’s a beach, like when you’re just cruising along one and a photographer discovers you. Right away, SofÃa, who was in her late teens at the time, landed a Pepsi commercial that aired throughout Latin America. The commercial led to runway and catalog work, and then to a job co-hosting a travel series on the international UnivisiÃ³n Spanish-language television network, which made her a fixture on international TV.
A young mom at 19 living in an unstable country at the time (her older brother was murdered in 1998 in an unresolved crime), SofÃa took an opportunity with UnivisiÃ³n to move to Miami, and when her contract with the network ended, she went to work for ABC.
Like Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the character she plays on Modern Family, SofÃa usually wears her hair long, dark and wavy, but she’s actually a natural blonde. On why she chose to go dark, she says, “I would go to auditions and they didn’t know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent — but I had blonde hair. It was ignorance: They thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek. The moment I dyed my hair dark, it was, ‘Oh, she’s the hot Latin girl.’”
I think she looks just as great as a blonde.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,