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Sofia Vergara and The Secret Of Her Success

Updated on October 22, 2012
Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara | Source
A cute little Sofia Margarita, back in Barranquilla, (1973?)
A cute little Sofia Margarita, back in Barranquilla, (1973?) | Source

This is more than just a hub from a celebrity. This article is close to a personal story, because we have been to Colombia more than a dozen times. We just fell in love with that Country and its traditions, and its women of course. "Viva Colombia!"

On July 10, 2012 Sofia Vergara or "la Toty" turned the big "Four-O" Long gone were the days of hot summers in Barranquilla where she was born. Tumultuous years of chaos and insecurity made Sofia emigrate to Miami in the early nineties (1994) . Discovered by a photographer on a beach in Barranquilla, Sofia wanted to be successful and famous. Not even her Catholic background and her nun teachers could stop her from making her dream come true. In 1992 she welcomed her only son: Manolo, and from there own, she had a reason to fight. Divorced came along, the the U.S. was ready for her, or was she ready for the United States and stardom?

Why Colombian Women are Beautiful?

Barranquilla is a seaport and since colonial times has welcomed immigrants from all over Europe. Curiously, if you see Shakira, she is from Barranquilla as well. The mulattoes from Africa brought their own beat. The East Europeans and middle east brought those famous thick eye brows -- check Salma Hayek and you will see what we mean.

If you expose little girls to drums and a hot weather, adding beaches and their background, rest assure you will see well rounded bodies that during years blended nature and beauty through the beat of a "Cumbia."

If you drive east from Barranquilla 200 miles, you'll end up in Caracas-Venezuela. Hello? You ever heard of Venezuelan runner-ups from several Miss Universe pageant contests?

Let's see Sofia's first commercial for Pepsi, back in 1989. By the way, Sofia is a natural blond. "Hollywood, was more interested in my Latina look, so I had to dye it brown," she said once. Or, "In Colombia you are nothing if you don't have a well endowed derriere..."

The Secret of her Success?

We would love to take a short cut and say, well those big "behinds," and those wonderful and lovely "boobs" are the real secret, but her Son Manolo would chase us like in "Chasing Papi" for sure. This would be too cheap and beyond cliche. Have you ever been stuck in a hub.... where you just wrote 499 words and cannot write anymore for the day?

Well, we felt like that yesterday, but by seeing this video, we continued in our research and went further and did investigate this beauty from "HP Colombia!!" Only a Colombian would tell you what "HP" means in Spanish, or maybe Klara Wiek from HubPages, a Cuban Native fellow hubber could tell us..? Sorry but still stuck with these forums asking What is the word that starts with "L" and ends the same? I just LOL! Or names that start with a vocal and end with the next vocal. Duh?

From her 1995 Univision show, "Fuera de Serie"

Behind the scenes of "Soul Plane," 2004
Behind the scenes of "Soul Plane," 2004 | Source

The guy that was running at the end of the clip is Co-host Fernando Fiore. Just 23 years old and already showing attributes for a star. We had to take a break of course, because, you know, things got steamier for a while. "The best secret from El Salvador are actually its beaches," she said with her natural accent.

The real Secret of her Success

Ever seen the girl that is the toast of the party, always vivacious and open minded? Sofia brought with her that enthusiasm and charisma that a Colombian female can share with everyone who is friendly. Well, the Secret Service missunderstood that "kindness."

She can be the funniest guest for any party and here is the proof. Let's see what Ellen Degeneres had to go through... "Ay caramba"

"Gloria" from Modern Family

A private Life that made her Stronger

In 1998 her older brother Rafael (27) was killed after forcing and fighting against some suspected kidnappers on the streets of Bogota. Sofia decided to bring her mom, younger brother Julio and her female cousin Sandra to Miami. Things were going fine until 2000 when she was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. Her doctor advised her to get iodine radiation and surgery. Her full recovery was like another chance for life. That's another reason why her eyes shine when she smiles.

Calendars and Movies were offered to her, but not all was peaceful; on May of 2011, brother Julio was deported back to Colombia for having too many brushes with the law and escalating drug addiction. Sofia was convinced that Julio never recovered from the loss of his older brother Rafael. "All I do is take a deeper breath and keep on going," said Sofia once. So like Maria Jordan would know better, second chances are given for a reason in life.

Hosting SNL?

Sofia at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards, Janruary, 2012
Sofia at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards, Janruary, 2012 | Source

Not just a pretty Face or a phenomenal body...

Sofia has been searching for ways to diversify her stardom. Her Kmart clothing line has received a positive response from America. CovergirlĀ® chose her as its new face once, next to Beyonce and others like Ellen. Her American dream came down to her doorsteps. Long gone are the days when she was just a young 18 years old dentistry student in Barranquilla. Her efforts and her constant innovative humor (and friendly personality) made her one of the best paid actresses as of 2012.

Sofia Vergara and the Cast from Modern Family
Sofia Vergara and the Cast from Modern Family | Source

Modern Family

After moving up from B movies like "Chasing Papi " (2003), "Soul Plane" (2004), Sofia started to get meaningful roles like the ones we remember from "Four Brothers" (2005), "Happy feet 2" (2009) and "The Three Stooges" (2011). Sofia made herself available for Hollywood Boulevard and the Networks. In 2008 producers Christopher Lloyd and Robert Levitan exchanged ideas and fun moments from their own families. Suddenly the ideas evolved into a sitcom. They were behind "Frazer," "Wings" and "Just shoot me."

By 2009, they approached Sofia and her "unique accent" to offer her the role of her life: playing a young Colombian wife to Ed O'neill (All my children's Al Bundy) with her own character and almost improvised humor. So far the show has been renewed for a 4th season, and "Gloria" is having a life of her own, pregnant and all. We applaud this beautiful human being, and a beautiful Ambassador from Colombia. Once more adversity met her match, and Sofia proved it to us all. Glad to have known more about you Sofia : "QUE VIVA COLOMBIA JUEPUTAA!"


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Beingwell, Sofia comes from humble roots, and knows how to keep herself ahead of uncertain events. She still looks great for 42. Thanks for the sharing!

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    beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

    She is the bomb! I enjoy watching her on Modern Family! I visited your video links here. Luv'd it! Thanks! Shared this hub to my friends!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Tammyswallow, we knew her aince 1995. But mainstream was not ready for her... not yet. I think Salma Hayek, J-Lo, Penelope Cruz and even Rita Hayworth paved the way for latinas in Hollywood. There is so much behind a smile, and you can confirm it yourself. Thanks!

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow, who would have imagined this wonderful actress went through so much! I didn't know about any of it. She has such a wonderful personality it is no wonder she is so popular. Great hub on a great actress.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Nice update KJ, I know Sofia was raised Catholic, and would hardly ever embrace another religion. In Colombia 95% are Catholic, so asking her to change her religion was like selecting Tom cruise for another installment of "back to the future." ... this comment won't self destruct in five seconds....

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    kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

    LordDeCross...something I discovered today while at the Optometrist today I read "Vanity " magazine..there was an article regarding Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise..anyway.Tom Cruise tried to persuade Sofia and Penelope Cruz to join Scientology church and they both refused..that concludes to me just how strong Sofia is...she is not only one of the richest/powerful women in Hollywood, but stands for her own convictions... which speaks for itself...just though I would share..have a great night..

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Jackie Lynnley


    Nell Rose

    Gypsy Rose Lee

    Unknown spy

    PDXKaraokeGuy and KJforce, Sofia is a charming entertainer who takes cares of herself. For 40 years old, she still looks young. Unfortunately, my individual response to all of you got deleted accidentally. My apologies and hope to visit your hubs as well. Have a good one folks!

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    kjforce 5 years ago from Florida just did a hub on one of my favorite actresses..not only a natural beauty, but a real personality to go with it..and I love her character on " Modern Family " I have known many " Gloria's" in my life...nice job on the info thanks for sharing...

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    excellent work. my wife and I love Modern family that's how we became aware of Sofia... probly like many people. Excellent hub. Well done and great research! Shared.

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Woow,,she's really beautiful

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Thanks for this interesting hub and for the introduction to this fascinating woman Sophia. Had never heard of her before. Wonder if it's just me or perhaps she is unknown in this part of the world. This should give her the incentive to come on over to Europe. Passing this on.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Interesting stuff, and its so good she overcame her illness and became the person she wanted to be, fascinating read, and voted up, nell

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    JKenny, I didn't know either, because I rarely see TV. Nice to read your comments. See you around buddy!

    Tillsontitan, Hi! Mary. I know you woudn't missed this reading. Knowing about your biological mom and your own story, make us appreciate your comments more. The world is becoming smaller by every new version of an IPad. Thanks dear! Your emotional words were understood! Pepsi? I didn't even think about such an ending. So much was cut from the original manuscript, to be honest. Thanks!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Janine Huldie, what would we do without you here at the hubs? You really share your friends work, and karma comes back right to you! Thanks dear for being such a wonderful friend. Sofia is a cool woman and I can tell you, she is reading us for sure. We twitted this hub to her, and maybe her agent told her to give it a look. Thanks again!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Marcoujor, I guess it was an inspirational piece with our touch. We never know how a hub will end. That's the fun part of creating and having a good time. Thanks Maria Couchara!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Bill, you want to come with me? I will book the best hotel and the best deals. Besides I know my way around and... Just put your 007 mind to it. Little of action and adrenaline out of a "Fast and furious" movie. Thanks for being around for us my friend.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Midget38, resilience is the word indded. We never know what is behind a smile; that bring us Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole Smith to mind. Thanks for your unconditional input.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    UnnamedHarald, glad you told us your daughter had a good time. Security can be an issue, but knowing where to go and where to stay makes a difference. Above all, is a wonderful Country with its nature and friendly people.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks MelChi for stopping by. Her character is hilarious and she plays her part well. Same thing happened with Charlie Sheen and 2 1/2 men. Natural acting generates audience and increasing revenue.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Old Albion, Thanks! She has been around us since 1994. I mean the continental U.S.

    Danson W. the theory has been tested and it did work. Formulas were needed and psychology was there as well. Thanks!

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A brilliant share and thanks for this gem. Great work and enjoy your weekend.


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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    She could almost match the girl from Ipanema! A beauty for sure.

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    You picked a really great woman to write about. Not born into fame, not fed with a silver spoon...this is a woman of substance and I think courage for bringing her family here....yes, she's gorgeous and all the rest too! Thank you for telling us about the Thyroid granddaughter recently had the same thing so this is very encouraging.

    So glad you found your 'voice' again after losing it partway through. You made this whole hub so interesting and fun to read. Your choice of videos was great, beginning with Pepsi and ending with Pepsi!

    Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting.

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    James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

    Interesting article. What's weird is that I've heard the name before, but had no idea she played Gloria in Modern Family (which I watch quite a lot). You learn something new everyday. Thanks!

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    Joseph, I love her on Modern Family and was just watching the DVR'd episode from this week last night. She truly is a great comedic actress of our time and thank you for sharing her origins and giving a bit of a background for her here. Have of course voted up and shared too!!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    LORD, You are all man in this one... And anyone who places me in the same paragraph as the beautiful Sofia is aces in my book...

    I enjoy learning the story behind people and this was a beautiful job.

    Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria Couchara Jordan

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I am booking a flight to Colombia immediately. What beautiful women...and Sofia is at the top of the class. Great bio of a talented actress with bountiful assets. :) Great job Joseph!

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    Beautiful and talented. Has resilience as well, it seems!! Thanks for bringing her to light!

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    David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I had base motives when I started reading this, but actually found it quite interesting. I have a new respect for Sofia and her not-quite-fairy-tale life. Our son and his girlfriend went to Columbia earlier this this year for their three-week-annual-Latin-American vacation (they live in Fairbanks, Alaska) and they had a great time.

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    Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Sofia is beautiful. She and Cameron make Modern Family - never miss an episode. Thanks for sharing this :)

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Hi Joseph,

    I have never heard of that theory of rounded bodies blended on nature and beauty through the beat of a "Cumbia." Neither have i known that Shakira is from Barranquilla. I really admire the determination of Sofia Vergara toward her success. Voted up and useful.

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    Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

    Hi LDC. Dare I say that I have never heard of Sofia? Perhaps I should get out and about more! LOL.



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