Joe Who? Sofia Vergara Has Been A Latina Queen All On Her Own

Joe Who? Sofia Vergara Has Been A Latina Queen All On Her Own
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Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello announced their breakup yesterday and there is a lot of commentary around this event. However, I can’t help but notice how many more people are talking about Vergara rather than her ex-beau. Whether it’s talking about her age, at which she recently turned 51 years young, or how this affects her life, the discourse feels very superficial and one-sided. Yes, Manganiello fumbled the bag, but Vergara is more than her good looks.  

Though this is what’s trending right now, it’s important not to lose sight of who this Latina is – and what she’s contributed to the Latino community. She’s broken records, has been a household name for years, and so much more. Let’s dive into what she’s done throughout her career.  

Best Paid Actress in 2020

A lot of people may think Vergara’s accent is a cliché and a forced attempt at satisfying Hollywood’s perception of Latinas, but she’s played her cards right. See, Vergara was smart and used her skills to her advantage and continued to trek forward, despite the criticisms. This allowed her to become the highest paid actress in 2020. According to Statista, she earned an annual income of $43 million dollars that year – and she beat other notable stars, such as Angelina Jolie. Now, that’s a jefa move.  

She Always Persevered

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, she was always determined to be successful. Even though she’s previously mentioned that money is not the number one key to happiness, she has always been aware of how it can alleviate any stress for her and her family.  

A single mother who wanted to build a good life, she felt she had to do something more to help her family thrive. Vergara would go on to model for print ads and commercials. During this time, she was also in dentistry school in Colombia. However, she decided to travel to the United States for her version of the American Dream. It was in 1995 when she got camera time and became the host for the Spanish-language show Fuera de Serie. Shortly after, she starred in the Colombian telenovela ¿Dónde está Elisa? and the American sitcom Hot Properties. She’s never stayed still and has made a name for herself on her own.  

Vergara Is a Businesswoman Above All

Vergara has keen awareness of opportunity, and she’s used that to her advantage. Through this skillset, she’s become a renowned businesswoman who is constantly pushing the envelope and securing her bag.  

According to LATV, her first business venture was Latin World Entertainment (LWE), which was a talent agency she co-founded with Luis Balaguer. This agency represented some of the most known figures in the Latino community. From Ricky Martin to Shakira, it had top stars in its roster. She also launched her own lingerie line, EBY, in 2016. This business venture showed her philanthropic side as this line gave 10 percent of sales to help women financially. The line did this and so much more too, hence empowering women. More recently, she’s collaborated with Walmart with her own clothing and home line as well as eyewear. Now, in 2023, she has launched her own makeup and cosmetic line, Toty, in collaboration with Cantabria Labs. As you can see, her entrepreneurship doesn’t fall short.  

Here’s the thing: Women are more than their romantic affairs. Sure, it can be a substantial part for many, but, for the most part, there are other facets in a woman’s life that hold as much value as love.

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