It’s hard to believe that one of TV’s most popular sex symbols was once a teenage mother, but it’s true. Growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sofia Vergara started modeling as a young girl when she was discovered in a bikini on the beach by a stray photographer. She married her childhood boyfriend Joe Gonzalez at the age of 18, and the pair had a boy, Manolo, the same year. They split the next year, but her career continued to rise, first on television in Colombia and then internationally both on Modern Family and as a face of Cover Girl.
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