The first Colombian actress to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and the highest paid in the world, we’re talking about Sofía Vergara. Discover the curiosities of her life that led her to become what she is now.
Today Sofía Vergara is 48 years old and a successful actress, model and businesswoman based in Los Angeles, California. You may have seen her in a movie, TV show, or commercials, but have you ever wondered how she got there?
It is true that her beauty and personality are some of her greatest attributes, however, it is not enough to achieve what she has achieved. A powerful combination of motivation, preparation, hard work, acceptance, and Latino pride are part of her formula for success.
Where does Sofía Vergara come from?
Sofía Margarita Vergara was born in Barranquilla in 1972 and grew up in a home with strong Catholic beliefs. As soon as she came of age, she married her high school boyfriend and they had their son Manolo. Two years later, she was alone with the task of raising her son.
The moment that marked the beginning of her professional career came at the age of 17 on a beach in the Colombian Caribbean. While she was out for a walk with her family, a talent scout discovered her and offered to do the Pepsi commercial that would make her known in her country and throughout Latin America.
Since then, Sofía began to have experiences in the world of modeling that made her a favorite of the catwalks and different brands in her home country. But with the idea of offering her son better opportunities, she moved to the United States.
Curiosities of her professional career
Initially it was a bit difficult for Sofia to develop as an actress in the United States. On the one hand, her appearance did not fit the stereotype of Hispanic actresses who had already set the standard, such as Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz, and on the other, her strong accent when speaking English was an issue.
There came a point where Sofía decided to stop struggling with English classes to eliminate her Colombian accent and make it one of her strengths. Plus, she gave the producers what they wanted, a brunette Latina. It was just a matter of dyeing her hair a darker color and getting some sun and she was ready to take off.
Her beginnings in the United States took place between the sale of almost a million calendars, the presentation of programs on the Univision network and on a New York television station, as well as her participation in a couple of soap operas on Televisa.
The role that marked her career
Although Sofía has acted in more than 25 films, several television series and program hosting, there is definitely a special role that has marked her career in a forceful way. We’re talking about her fabulous portrayal of Gloria Delgado-Prichett in Modern Family.
The successful ABC series Modern Family aired for 11 seasons with 250 episodes. Sofia’s outstanding performance earned her repeated nominations for awards such as the Emmy (4), Golden Globes (4) and Screen Actors Guild Awards (2) in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In addition to, of course, contributing a large part of her income of 43 million dollars in 2020.
Sofía Vergara, businesswoman and altruist
Sofía has sure taken advantage of opportunities, managing to consolidate businesses along with her career as a model and actress. This is how she currently works as a businesswoman in various areas: fashion, hair care, fragrances and furniture.
But this Latina nationalized in the United States in 2014, not only cares about creating lucrative businesses. Sofia also uses her status to empower women.
In the case of EBY, her underwear brand, 10% of net sales are allocated to the Seven Bar Foundation. This in order to help disadvantaged women lift themselves out of poverty by financing their ventures.
In addition, Sofia has made important alliances with institutions such as St. Jude’s Hospital and Kiva. The latter to help people and organizations that have been affected by the pandemic. Likewise, she usually organizes groups of Colombian children to take them on vacation to Disney World, among other charitable work.
Finally, there is no doubt that Sofía Vergara is an interesting example of self-improvement and great Latin pride. Don’t you think?
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