Born in Barranquilla (Colombia) on July 10, 1972, Sofia Vergara enjoyed a happy fun-filled childhood together with her five brothers and sisters and many cousins.
"Barbies were my obsession", says "La Toti", her family's nickname for her.
As a child she was quiet and very studious; she loved everything having to do with music, as her whole family sings, dances and plays a musical instrument. Like any little girl her age, her favorite group was "Menudo".
When she was little, she had a good time on weekends on her father's farm in Magdalena, where she rode horses, swam in the river and "chased chickens", as she herself commented. She went to Marymount, a private bilingual elementary school, which is why she speaks English.
Sofia places great value on friendship. "I have lifelong friends, very close friends with whom I get together every time I go back to Colombia", she tells us. "I was never your typical heartbreaker." Sofia had her first boyfriend when she was 14 and he is the father of her only son and light of her life, Manolo, now 8.
"I got married when I was 18 years old and very much in love." Speaking to Sofia, one notices the love she feels for her son and her delight in motherhood. "Eventually, I'd like to have another child, preferably a girl."
On her pregnancy, she comments: "I looked really funny; very skinny and with a huge belly."
Today, Sofia is a young mother who tries to spend as much time as she can with her son and very much enjoys the things they can do together, such as going out skating on South Beach or watching cartoons on Saturday mornings.
"After I had Manolo, I started studying dentistry, but I gave it up three years later; the modeling offers were definitely more attractive."
Sofia was discovered by a well-known photographer when she was walking along the beach of her native Colombia. Her first appearance was in a Pepsi commercial that was seen all over Colombia. That was when, at the age of 20, she moved to Bogotá to begin a series of jobs (both on the runway and television) that launched her career.
In 1995, Sofia received an offer to co-host the "Fuera de Serie" ("Out of This World") program with Fernando Fiore. It was a tremendously successful program on Univision that remained on the air for four years, making Sofia the favorite of the Latin market in the United States.
Thanks of her television program hosting, Sofia has demonstrated that she is not just another pretty face; she is also an intelligent woman with principles, values and a sense of humor, but, most of all, a lover of everything she undertakes in life.
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