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Sofia Vergara Photo Shoot
Sofia Vergara Photo Shoot: Behind the scenes of USA WEEKEND's photo shoot with Modern Family's Sofia Vergara.

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Sofia Vergara slips into her casual wear: black maxi dress, bright scarf, a pair of FitFlops with rhinestones.

I like to dress up, the Colombian actress declares after glamming it up for this photo shoot. I wont leave the house without at least mascara or lipstick. I think thats a Latin thing. My mother would wake up in the morning to take us to school, and she was already putting on mascara.

Known for her high-wattage smile, killer curves and hilarious comic timing as Modern Familys hot mama, Vergara has a head-turning personal style that has helped make her a star. Now, at 39, shes also becoming a brand. Next month, she launches her own line of clothes at Kmart inspired by her own fun, sexy style: jeans, dresses, colorful tops, bold jewelry and leggings she layers under skirts. (I can go shorter and I dont feel as naked.)

But for Vergara, its not all about being chic, or even sexy. The key, she says, is to feel comfortable in her own skin.

I love jeans, leggings and tunics, she says, snacking on tea-sized sandwiches. Comfortable things.

Her weakness? I spend a lot of money on bags and shoes, she confesses in a refrain many women can surely relate to. But my clothes I wear things I have found all over the world that dont have to be expensive.

Over time, her style rules have changed. In my 20s, I would have on a miniskirt and the boobs, she laughs, gesturing comic proportions with her hands. Now, if Im doing something short, I try to cover up [on top]. Im almost 40, so I had to evolve its natural.

Date nights with boyfriend Nick Loeb mean dressing sexy, of course, she says with a grin. I love tight dresses. But I dont do now tight and short. I do tight and long.

One item paparazzi will never catch her in: cutoff shorts. My sons friends and girlfriends are wearing them! the Emmy-nominated actress exclaims. I dont feel its right.

The item she covets most this fall? A motorcycle jacket. I try to always buy a new one because they reinvent the leather jacket every season, Vergara says.

But mostly, the Modern star keeps her wardrobe classic.

I wish I was more like J.Lo, playing with trends, Vergara says, but I know what works for me.

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