Sofia Vergara for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on July 11, 2013

Sometimes, a lady star just has to slap on some Dolce & Gabbana panties and go for it, darlings.



Sofia Vergara covers the August 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a blouse and briefs by Dolce&Gabanna paired with earrings by Harry Winston and shoes by Manolo Blahnik, photographed by Terry Richardson.


On whether she feels pressured to look good 24/7: “No. I’m Latin; I do it no matter what. It’s automatic. I shower, do hair and makeup. For me, it’s like shaving. I don’t believe in a natural look. Lipstick brightens your face! Unless you’re Gisele Bündchen or 19, you need something.”

On acting: “I never thought I could act, or acting was for me. I’ve never been artistic. I always knew I was funny; I was the class clown, but I never thought to make money out of it or to be professional.”

On her role in Modern Family: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a better part for me. But I do think—and my son and boyfriend agree with me—that I could play a crazy psychopath. I’m not joking.”


Bodysuit and skirt by Ralph Lauren Collection | Earrings and ring by Harry Winston

Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kristina Romanova


She looks gorgeous in the Lauren. It’s a shame she got the Terry Richardson treatment, even if it is a mild version of it. We’d like to see what she can do with a more refined photographer and some high end fashion. She’s always been stuck in coochy-coochy, mermaid dress mode when it comes to her style, so we’d love to see a world class stylist put her through her fashion paces, so to speak. She could benefit from it.


[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar,]

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  • msdamselfly

    For once it’s not all about her boobs. She looks so much better.

  • Michelle Wilson

    She’s possibly one of the most likable beauties on television these days. I can’t help but like her despite being her polar opposite.

  • filmcricket

    If you told me it was Isla Fisher with her hair dyed brown on the cover, I’d believe you.

    • Anne At Large

      No kidding, that sure looks like somebody else’s profile to me. Photoshop, or is it just the angle?

      • marlie

        I think part of it is the lighting, and partly the flatness of Terry Richardson’s “style” of photography.

    • NoveltyRocker

      I saw Kate Beckinsale at first.

    • rougeort

      I totally see it! Sofia looks nothing like herself but she does look pretty good. I like this makeup look a lot.

  • tween00

    Not half as porny as it coulda been with Terry R behind the camera. She is quite striking.

    • YoungSally

      He knew that if he tried anything porny – she would cut him.

  • oatmealpie

    Fine, Sofia Vergara. I put on some lipstick. Happy now?

    • MilaXX

      She catching major flack on the blogs for this interview.

      • AnaRoW

        I’m starting to think she should stop doing interviews altogether. At least she’s not forgetting her co-star’s name or jokingly telling people she was raped in this one.

        • MilaXX

          The rape joke was bad. This interview I have no problem with, but a lot of people seem to dislike it.

      • Darren Nesbitt

        Why? Just about every video interview I’ve seen her do, she adds a tinge of comedy to answers. She is a very smart lady and reminds me of the old school comedians who could inject just the right amount of humor in everything.

        • MilaXX

          I think people are taking it as her saying a woman should always be in full hair and makeup. Honestly, I don’t have a problem if that works for you. ::shrug:: not a big deal for me, but it appears to have touched a nerve for some.

          • marlie

            I don’t get her saying “a woman” should. She’s saying that SHE does. And that’s fine with me.

          • formerlyAnon

            Yeah. I mean, in my observation (of the Latin women I know and am related to), it’s a sweeping generalization that is, um, generally true. Sure it’s not universal, but it’s not like she’s proposing Federal regulations or something.

      • Little_Olive

        It’s true, though. Latin -most especially Colombian and Venezuelan women, here in Chile it’s veeery different- are always “on”. It’s what feels natural to them.

        • Airkisses

          Yes. Let’s not forget that Colombia and Venezuela export beauty queens, and that plastic surgery is insanely popular in Columbia (don’t know about Venezuela). It’s definitely part of the culture.

        • Tatiana Luján

          I’m from Colombia and specially in Medellín (where I’m from), Cali and Barranquilla (where Sofía Vergara is from) women are expected to be perfectly put together, with their hair done, her makeup on, to wear high heels. I’ve worked in BANKS where it’s mandatory to wear makeup and heels.

      • JasmineAM

        Being offended by this is the definition of a first world problem.

        • VioletFem

          So true. I don’t necessarily follow Sophia’s advice of wearing makeup everyday, but I get the sentiment of always making the effort of looking put together. For her, that includes hair and makeup, which is hardly something to be offended about.

          • Airkisses

            It isn’t advice, though, is it? Going just by what I read here, it seems like she’s just describing what SHE does. Where do people get the idea that she’s projecting this onto someone else?

            And the latin thing is true… I’m from Mexico, and people here get very dressed up. It’s part of the culture (and we’re much less glam than Columbia or Venezuela). US style is MUCH more casual in comparison. Whenever we go out, it’s the full makeup-hair-clothes-shoes-accessories-purse-coat treatment. You will never run into an
            urban Mexican woman wearing sneakers or flip flops out on the street, and
            pretty much all sportswear is out as well. I’ve gotten used to doing my makeup every morning; it’s just part of my morning routine. As she says.

            I studied middle school in the US, and my mom would dress me for all the school parties and the such. I was ALWAYS embarassingly overdressed.

          • IAmJ

            I absolutely sympathize with this and I’m from Poland, where there’s also quite a bit of pressure on women to look put together and presentable at all times. Many women there will put on full make-up, heels and do their hair just to pick up bread at a small shop around the corner. What the rest of the world would consider evening/party wear is often worn during the day just for running errands etc. (And don’t get me started on the fashions seen at Catholic church services)

            Living in the US now, I often feel way overdressed for things, just because I grew up having to dress up for pretty much any outing. By comparison, I’ve been to some multicultural weddings in Poland where the American guests were severely and conspicuously underdressed. 😉

          • Airkisses

            Absolutely. Grocery shopping in stilettos. Totally a thing.

        • Diana

          Yeah! I was just thinking about this today. My family’s Colombian and I was raised mostly in Mexico. Yes, women do try to look more presentable. I rebelled against this (I will look presentable for myself, not for other people. And i don’t like feeling ashamed if I skip makeup or putting on earrings one day). I don’t think she was saying it was good or bad, it’s just how women are socialized. It makes me angry that Latin women are somehow expected to be beautiful, exotic and “calientes,” as if our self-worth and cultural identity is tied to out looks. But if somebody wants to dress up every single day, and that’s how they feel most comfortable, that’s totally their prerogative!

          • Little_Olive

            “It makes me angry that Latin women are somehow expected to be beautiful, exotic and “calientes””… thank you. Please pass this message on to Giuliana Rancic.

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        Isn’t she getting flack for eating a gold-flaked sundae ( 30 Rock was once again right!) and her comments about her love for shopping and her jewish accountant?

        • MilaXX

          Haven’t heard that.

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        • MilaXX

          Some thought her talk about always being done up a bit sexist.

          • marshmallowjane

            I hadn’t read previous interviews with her. If she enjoys fixing herself up as a part of her routine, I say why not, as long as she isn’t suggesting all women do the same thing. I’d imagine it’s a challenge to NOT focus on her looks when she looks like she does. I’m also guessing that as she gets older, her interviews will contain more substance as her roles change. There will come a time when she won’t be the prettiest girl in the room, although she’ll probably age really well, maybe like Helen Mirren. I saw Sofia in Madea Goes to Jail. Her very small part was silly, but it was a departure for her.

  • lexilexi

    I had no idea that was her in photo #1. They have shopped her to look 20 and waspy.

  • kimmeister

    She is channeling Cindy Crawford on that cover!

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Thank you! I could not figure out who I was ‘seeing’ when I looked at that pic- all she needs is that mole…

  • MilaXX

    I would love to see her go high end glam!

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Cover is nice, but that staircase photo. . .Yawn. I love her interview answers though!

  • NC_Meg

    It looks like she’s popping her back on the cover. What an odd pose.

    • DuBey2

      Hah! Now I can’t unsee it.

  • Little_Olive

    The cover is… miss Teen Colombia? 1991 Telenovela? Not sharp.

    I agree though that NOT having it all revolve around her boobs is a good idea.

  • shirab

    It’s nice that they gave a shoe credit to Manolo, but there is no shoe visible on the cover. Reminds me of those outfit descriptions in magazines where they mention what scent the model is purportedly wearing.

  • cocohall

    I saw her interviewed by Katie Couric who asked the expected question: “Don’t you feel better at 40 than you did at 20?” and she was refreshingly honest. She looked at Katie like she had two heads and said no, of course it isn’t the same to be 40 as 20. She acknowledged that 40 wasn’t bad, but she didn’t have the same energy, the boobs were lower, etc. I loved her for that. She knows she has a shelf life as a bombshell and is working it while she can. Plus she also had thyroid cancer and seems to understand that she is lucky to be alive, much less having this “moment” as a celebrity.

    • Qitkat

      Give me Charlie Rose or James Lipton. I always think that if you met those two in person, what you would get would be pretty much who they project on television. Almost everyone else who does short, slick interviews, not so much. The most revealing interviews come from a situation where there is no rush for time, where the questioner has more than superficial knowledge of the subject, and where the atmosphere is less about entertainment, and more about learning something new and going in-depth. And being able to draw out a person into candor from gravitas to humor, and it all sounding genuine.

      I don’t know anything about Sophia, but agree with TLo that she deserves better treatment from higher end stylists and photographers.

      • filmcricket

        With Charlie Rose you might get revealing answers if he’d ever stop interrupting his subjects. With Lipton, I dunno. His questions on ITAS don’t tend to go that deep, that I’ve seen. I think people tend to open up because they want to share with that particular audience. I guess that he’s an example of someone doing decent research is more an indictment of TV journalism than anything else, though.

        • Qitkat

          At the moment they were the only two I could think of who get more than the usual amount of in-depth answers from their interviewees because a decent amount of time is always allotted. I like CR’s style a lot, but I understand where you’re coming from. I still think he probes people to give up more than they might have. They both do their homework for sure. I’m just turned off with so-called interviews on chat and general news shows, because they are so brief and superficial. PBS News Hour can also do a decent job of probing a particular issue with up-to-the-moment knowledgeable guests. And Bill Moyers. I don’t follow anyone else regularly, such as Piers Morgan. I love a great interview, so I you can suggest someone else I’d check them out.

          • formerlyAnon

            On radio (PBS) I think Terry Gross (Fresh Air is the show’s name, though you probably know that) does well at drawing people out. And sometimes she is completely fearless about asking one of the “elephant in the room” questions. In recent years I think she is sometimes less insightful than she used to be – or maybe I’m just jaded and taking her for granted.

          • Qitkat

            I agree with all you said about her. I usually forget about the show at home, and only catch it in the car, so I probably have missed her best interviews.

    • Airkisses

      Could we agree to stop using the term “shelf life” when referring to women in media? Of course she’s not going to be the bombshell forever, but the TERM “shelf life” just seems so objectifying, like women are a can of peas or something (albeit very gorgeous peas).

      • omg_dora

        I kind of find it a fitting description. The reality is offensive, not the term.

    • marlie

      My problem with that Katie Couric interview would be that why does one have to be “better” than the other? They’re completely different stages of life. Sofia seems like the type to just embrace whatever stage she’s in, and that includes whatever body she’s in, too.

  • Rand Ortega

    Sorry to go off topic, TLo. Does anyone care Janie Bryant just got her own series? It’s working title is”Janie Bryant’s Hollywood”? It’s a reality competition where “wannabe designers will be given a different challenge each week to
    create a garment in the style of a classic Hollywood film, or a
    celebrity’s signature style (think Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Warren Beatty (?), etc”. Bryant and the show’s judges will decide each week who best executed the challenge. The same producers who created NBC’s “Fashion Star” are helming & they’re just starting to pitch it to networks like Bravo, E & (Please Jesus, NO! Haven’t your devil arts ruined enough?) Lifetime. I love this idea, particularly w/ La Bryant at the wheel.

    • Qitkat

      I might give such a show a look, but I’m turned off by the production behind “Fashion Star.” It was obnoxiously scripted, with too much loud music, thinking it was a glam runway show when most of the clothing was just ordinary. Janie’s premise has promise, but could be easily ruined in reality show hell.

      • Rand Ortega

        I gave FS a try, watching the 1st half of the 1st season, but the designers were so middle of the road & unimaginative, I stopped. Plus, if I’m not mistaken, they changed time slots. As long as it’s not Bunim-Murray who have the anti Midas touch, I’m willing to give the FS” prod co some slack. Besides, Janie Bryant is such a class act, I think she’ll put her fabulous stamp on this, much like she did “MM”.

    • marlie

      I didn’t know about it! I’d watch it just because it’s Janie Bryant’s show. I really hope it doesn’t suck (ETA: I don’t think that SHE would suck, but the show might).

    • formerlyAnon

      Gosh, I hope she’s got a great contract that pays her well up front and lets her out easily. I suspect that any one who approaches their main gig with the depth and attention to detail that she does is going to be completely over doing a “reality competition” show in a season or two.

      Of course, I could be wrong.

  • LauraAgain

    I like the black dress on Sofia so much more than on the model. She looks so stunning as a brunette, it’s hard to believe her natural hair color is blonde.

  • shopgirl716

    Calling Joe Zee!

    • decormaven

      Truly. Why in the heck in the staircase shot didn’t he have her turn her head in such a way that we see the length of her face? That shot looks like something someone shot with a camera phone.

      • marlie

        That’s Terry Richardson’s “style” though. It’s awful.

        • decormaven

          It’s a real needlescratch on that particular shot, for sure.

  • H2olovngrl

    Oh wow, she is bringing that Ralph Lauren skirt and bodysuit to life!

    • veleri

      yeah she looks stunning! and the hair is perfect for the dress!

  • shorty j

    The only thing I don’t like about this is that since all the shots are essentially from the back, it’s like they’re deliberately trying to keep us from noticing she has a face. (Or really, any other feature besides an ass.) It’s a little bit “cover of an amateur porno” to me.

    • marlie

      And again… that’s Terry Richardson for you.

  • Janet B

    Quick look at the first photo and I say Terry Richardson. *pats self on the back*

    • ashtangajunkie

      Ha, me too.

  • marlie

    She looks great (aside from the flat TR photography). And I love her honesty about her beauty regimen.

  • desi_girl

    “Unless you’re Gisele Bündchen or 19, you need something.” Love it!

    • CeeQ

      Me too – she basically worked the Dolly Parton line in Steel Magnolias: “There’s no such thang as natural beauty! (Except Gisele. That bitch)”

      • Shawn EH

        It’s refreshing that she knows herself so well! Weirdly, I love her look in the Pepsi ads; mermaid goddess!

  • jen

    I don’t like how she’s all twisted up on the cover. Her face looks great but that is one awkward pose.

  • Cz

    Her interview with Laura Brown was so funny. I wanted to just sit there and it gold leaf sundaes with them.

    I actually love that cover even if it looks like an over-exposed polaroid. It’s very subtle vamping, and love the embellished white shirt.

  • marshmallowjane

    I agree with you. I’d love to see her stretch in more directions. She is such a true beauty, and the odd thing is that her face is her best asset, IMO. I guess all the men would disagree, but she is stunning in every way. And kind and funny as well. And that beautiful hair. I like her in white with big sleeves.

  • wanderlustlive

    She looks great!

  • wanderlustlive

    She looks SO young in the cover photo! Love it. She seems to be a very down to earth girl actually based on the interview and other things I read about her.

  • Allison Nichols

    I can spot Terry Richardson’s shitty photography a mile away. Ugh, I just can’t get past that.

  • SophieCollier

    I just… really hate Terry Richardson’s work.