Name: Sofia Vergara
Nickname: La Toti
Birth Date: July 10, 1972
Place of Birth: Barranquilla, Colombia
Occupation: Actress, Model, TV Hostess
This Colombian export was born on July 10, 1972, in
Barranquilla, Colombia. "La Toti", as her
family referred to her, was extremely close to her family,
which consisted of five brothers and sisters and many
A quiet child, Sofia studied a lot and took school
very seriously. When her nose wasn't in the books, she
surrounded herself with music, whether it was watching
her family singing, dancing and playing instruments,
or listening to her favorite group Menudo (Ricky Martin's
claim to fame before he was Livin' la Vida Loca).
A playful child who loved Barbies, Sofia also spent
a lot of time on her father's farm, where she swam in
the river and rode horses.
Sofia was a student at a private bilingual elementary
school where she not only got to learn and perfect her
English skills, she developed tight, lifelong friendships.
As for boyfriends, she only has 5 ex-boyfriends, the
most significant being the father of her son, Manolo.
Married to her boyfriend of 4 years at the age of 18,
her ex-husband gave her the greatest gift of all; her
son, who is now 8 years old. After Manolo was born,
Sofia was set on becoming a dentist, but she was faced
with a change in career paths.
Discovered by a photographer while walking down a Colombian
beach (Laetitia Casta was also discovered on the sands
of a beach), Sofia began to receive modeling offers.
Since modeling was more attractive and glamorous than
becoming a dentist, Sofia decided to try her hand at
modeling, three years after she began studying dentistry.
Swiping her dentist uniform for designer togs, Sofia's
modeling career began. After an appearance in a Pepsi
commercial that was broadcast all over her native Colombia,
Sofia moved to Bogotá at the age of 20, where
she worked on the runway and on television.
One of her biggest claims to fame was her co-hosting
duties with Fernando Fiore on Fuera de Serie, a series
which sent her to exotic places all over the world.
Broadcast on Univision, with Sofia as co-host from 1995
to 1999, it gave Sofia American exposure and made her
a star in the Latin American market.
The same year that she started the travel show, Sofia
appeared on Acapulco, cuerpo y alma and has recently
starred in the series A que no te atreves.
Aside from her television work, Sofia's most recent
project is her calendar, Sofia 2000, which she describes
as the most daring thing she has done. She has also
designed a bra for fellow full-figured women, and will
appear on commercials for Bally gyms. This summer, Sofia
appeared on the cover of Channels magazine and was featured
With a huge following on the Internet, Sofia has become
one of the most viewed women in cyberspace. With her
own website, sofiavergara.com, boasting an average of
over 12 million hits a month (only six months after
launching the site), Sofia has become the "undisputed
Latin virtual queen".
Among Sofia's favorite things:
- Favorite movie: The Godfather
- Favorite actors: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Marlon
Brando (of course)
- Favorite group or singer: Shakira and Cher
- Favorite TV show: Sex and the City
- Favorite hobby: Playing with Manolo (her son)
Sofia may be a Latin cyber and television goddess,
but her favorite job is motherhood.