Sofía Margarita Vergara (born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla,
Colombia) is a Colombian model and actress.
La Toti was the nickname given to Vergara by her five brothers and
sisters and many cousins, including television news anchor and reporter
Carlos Vergara, who currently works for WTVJ in Miami, Florida.
She grew up on her father's farm in Colombia, where for recreation
and exercise, she liked to swim in a river and ride horses. She
came from a moderately well-off family in Colombia and was sent
to private bilingual (Spanish/English) schools there, including
elementary school. She got married at the age of 18, and she gave
birth to her son Manolo in 1992. The marriage did not last very
long, and then she studied pre-dentistry at a college in Colombia
for three years.
Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking a Colombian
beach. Soon, she was presented with attractive offers in modeling
and TV work, and followed that course. She made her first public
appearance at the age of 17 in a Pepsi commercial that was widely
telecast all over Latin America. Considering that she had a son,
mother, and younger siblings who needed her financial support in
the absence of her father, who had departed the family, gave her
further impetus to drop out of college and go to work where she
could earn good wages.
Vergara moved to Bogotá at the age of 20, where she worked
as a model on the runway and on TV. From 1995 to 1999, she was co-host
with Fernando Fiore on Fuera de Serie ("Out of Sight"),
a series which sent her to exotic places all over the world (this
is similar to the U.S. Wild On travel series) It was telecast on
the international Univision Spanish-language network, and it made
her a star in the Latin American market and gave her some USA TV
exposure. She also co-hosted the Univision show A que no te atreves
("I Dare You").
Besides runway and catalog modeling work, Vergara also did independent
projects. She was photographed for posters swimsuit calendars in
1998, 2000, and 2002. These were top sellers in Latin Ameica, and
also penetrated the North American market. She did South American
television ads, and also posed in swimsuits for posters for beer
advertising, especially for Miller Lite beer.
Vergara is 5' 8" tall, and she has naturally blonde/sunbleached
hair (for films and TV, she is frequently required to dye it brunette
to make her look more "Latina"). As for her figure, she
says that she has been built this way since she was 13 years old,
and it is all 100% natural.
Vergara was long under an exclusive TV contract with Univision,
but that has now expired and she was open to accept a role with
ABC in the United States. With ABC, she acted in the short-lived
sitcom Hot Properties in 2005.
Vergara has occasionally been seen dating Enrique Iglesias and
Latin superstar Luis Miguel. Sofia has lived in the United States
for a while now, mostly in Miami and Los Angeles, and she has brought
her mother, sister, and son to live with her. Her friend Tom Cruise
was erroneously linked in a dating relationship with her.
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