Sofia Vergara posted her own throwback Instagram snap, and it’s a doozy. Welcome to 1990s Miami, where the future Modern Family star was a blond beach queen flaunting her toned figure in a black bikini with white embroidery.
The photo has fetched countless compliments from fans.
Fittingly, the actress was discovered by a photographer while on the beach in her native Colombia. She eventually moved to Miami and pursued modeling opportunities — all while raising her son, Manolo, who was born in 1991 — before transitioning to acting.
At 45, Vergara’s now a major brunette star. But her blond locks weren’t just some ’90s phase: It’s her natural shade.
“I’m a natural blonde, like my siblings,” Vergara told Parade in 2011. “When I started auditioning for American acting roles, they didn’t know where to put me. A blond Latina?”
She eventually dyed her hair dark, and the rest is history.
“The moment I dyed my hair dark, it was, ‘Oh, she’s the hot Latin girl,'” she told Self in 2010. “I loved it. Being brunette toned me down a bit.”