We know her as the stunningly refined brunette beauty at the heart of hit series, Modern Family. But everybody’s got to start somewhere, and it turns out that Sofia Vergara was already turning heads in her twenties… even though her own was a decidedly different hue.
Mail Online has exclusively obtained shots of the Colombian beauty, now 41, in a 1998 bikini shoot which took place in Miami just after she moved to the United States. Back then, Sofia was just 26… and already comfortable in her amazing skin.
Bronzed and blonde, the beauty sports some tell-tale’90s pearlescent pink lipstick and brown liner… but everything else about Ms Vergara is recognisably timeless. Back in ’98, Sofia was already mom to the then six-year-old Manolo, conceived with her childhood sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez.
The pair married when she was just 18 but divorced in 1993, when Manolo was just one. After becoming a single mother, Sofia studied pre-denistry in her native Columbia for three years but moved to Miami when she was offered modelling work.
Sofia also wanted to get herself and Manolo away from the continuing unrest in Columbia after her old brother was murdered during an attempt to kidnap him. The beauty brought her mother and sister to the United States with her, too. The shoot dates from the same year as her brother’s death and was likely one of her first assignments on US soil.
Little did the multi-award winning actress know what the move would offer in the long run.
Guests at the New Yorkers for Children Annual Spring Gala in large part stuck to a black, white and grey colour palette when picking their outfits. But Emma Roberts and Nina Agdal still went for very different looks in the process.
The actress arrived at the New York event on Monday in an unusual ruffled white blouse over a black shift dress. Emma left her very slender legs on show in the chic outfit, and the petite 5ft 2in star gave herself a boost in high-heeled black ankle boots.
The American Horror Story star, 23, carried a miniature black clutch bag and wore her golden blonde bob in soft waves. Emma went for glamorous, but not too heavy make-up for the occasion, with lots of mascara, a slick of bright pink lipstick and a good sweeping of bronzer.
Meanwhile, Nina Agdal was much more dressed up in a gown which consisted of a layer of black lace over a cream underlay. The frock cinched in at the Sports Illustrated model’s tiny waist and had a plunging neckline which allowed her to flash her ample cleavage.
Nina carried a black satin clutch and otherwise kept her accessories to a minimum with just a pair of diamond drop earrings. The 22-year-old tied her sandy hair into a boho braided updo and wore natural make-up to give her complexion a distinct glow.
Nina posed up with fellow Sports Illustrated model, Selita Ebanks, who was clad in a heavily embellished grey top tucked into a black floor-length skirt with racy thigh-high split up one side. Meanwhile Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford sported a simple white dress which did little to hide her skinny frame.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey arrived on the red carpet at the Mandarin Oriental in a black satin creation. Elsewhere, Crystal Renn and Julie Macklowe were courting attention in dramatic monochrome numbers and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann stood out in red, making her the only famous guest wearing colour.
Nina split from boyfriend Max George of The Wanted fame in February after just a few months of dating, while Emma is engaged to fellow actor and American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters.
She’s already got quite a pretty trinket in the form of her $8M engagement ring from Kanye West. But there can never be enough whistles and bells for Kim Kardashian, or ‘Fancy Nancy’ as her sisters like to call her. The 33-year-old added a few more on Thursday when she stepped out in Calabasas wearing sandals covered in rows of bells.
The mother-of-one kept her outfit plain, just the figure-hugging black dress. After experimenting with an Audrey Hepburn style fringe for a commercial shoot this week, then her favourite slicked back look on Wednesday… Kim wore her hair loose yet voluminous. Speculation is rife that Kim and Kanye will marry in Paris.
Although the big day is just over a month away, Kim is keeping tight lipped about the specifics of the wedding. The happy couple are said to be eyeing up Chateau Louis XIV in Louveciennes, 14 miles outside of Paris. The so-called chateau may look like a castle from the 17th century but it was in fact built just six years ago.
However even the guests aren’t sure if this is where the nuptials are taking place as Kim and Kanye are keeping everything under wraps. Guests won’t know the venue until they get to Paris,’ the insider told Us Weekly. ‘She hasn’t even told her sisters.’ One thing everyone can’t wait to find out is who the 33-year-old is wearing and what her dress will look like.
A source told the publication that she may well pick one of her favourite designers Azzedine Alaia, and added: ‘Be prepared for crazy outfits.’ However Kim sparked suggestions that she will marry the rapper in Balmain on Tuesday. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared photos from the Chateau Louis XIV along with the fashion house’s creative director Olivier Rousteing.
What’s more, she has been wearing Balmain while exploring the French capital with her future husband. Kim and Kanye, 36, are parents to 10-month-old daughter North and will be tying the knot on May 24.
She bid farewell to the TV show which made her famous at the end of the last month. But it seems Sam Faiers has already moved on to bigger and better things as it has been announced that she has signed with Elite Models – a top agency which also represents Kendall Jenner.
And in images from her first shoot for the agency, it’s clear to see why she got the job – as she looks every inch the model. Gone is the excessive fake tan, endless extensions and over-the-top lashes and in their place is a sophisticated-looking star who could give even Cara Delevingne a run for her money in terms of looking willowy.
The 23-year-old, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in February of this year, wears a variety of different ensembles which showcase her slim figure. In one image she wears a high waisted leather skirt with a lace crop top, while her hair is pulled off her face in a casual pony tail.
Skintight seems to be the common theme in the shoot as she also wears a sexy pair of PVC trousers – again with a crop top as well as a leather jacket. She also wears a pair of leather shorts and a playsuit, as she pulls a variety of different shapes. Another shot sees her wearing a long white T-shirt, which reads ‘I don’t speak Italian but I do speak Moschino’ and a pair of suede thigh high boots.
Speaking about her latest role, she said: ‘It’s a dream come true to sign to Elite London – like most girls I’ve always loved fashion and beauty. Modelling is an exciting new challenge for me as it’s out of my comfort zone. ‘Over the last few years I’ve learnt a lot about the fashion industry, by running my own boutique and online shop but this is a totally new avenue and I can’t wait to get started.’
Her exciting news comes after a visit to Dubai with her pregnant sister Billie and her mother Suzanne. Sam recently reunited with her former fiancé Joey Essex when they grew close following her recent ill-health. Their reunion is 11 months after they called off their one year romance – just two months after getting engaged.
They previously dated for four months in 2011. This time things are different though as Sam has quit TOWIE in order to concentrate on her relationship.
She generated scenes fitting of a Hollywood starlet as she strolled through the heart of bustling Tokyo on Thursday, but Miranda Kerr’s latest appearance was less about film and more about fashion.
The 30-year-old model, currently the face of Samantha Thavasa handbags, is in Japan for a fan event on behalf of the American fashion designer, but her visit prompted hysteria amongst locals during a stroll through the capital’s Shibuya shopping district. Sporting a vintage themed floral print wrap-dress, Miranda looked typically fresh and vibrant as she waved to spectators.
The Australian star’s sleeveless ensemble was a light, breezy affair, and its pink printed design complimented her matching peep-toe kitten heels. Miranda ensured the look wasn’t overshadowed by accessories, opting to pare them back to the bare essentials – two simple bracelets, a single ring and diamond encrusted watch.
The model added a splash of colour courtesy of her deep red lips, while soft pink nail varnish rounded things off. Surrounded by aides, Miranda was in good cheer as she crossed the street while fans craned their necks to get a glimpse, many of them brandishing smart phones and iPads. The model was also on hand at a promotional event for Yuri Takano at the city’s Hikari Hall, for which she sported a striking pink dress with plunging neckline.