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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 won’t leave the house without at least mascara or lipstick. I think that’s 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 Family’s hot mama, Vergara has a head-turning personal style that has helped make her a star. Now, at 39, she’s 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 don’t feel as naked.”)

But for Vergara, it’s 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 don’t 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 I’m doing something short, I try to cover up [on top]. I’m almost 40, so I had to evolve — it’s natural.”

Date nights with boyfriend Nick Loeb mean dressing “sexy, of course,” she says with a grin. “I love tight dresses.” But “I don’t do now tight and short. I do tight and long.”

One item paparazzi will never catch her in: cutoff shorts. “My son’s friends and girlfriends are wearing them!” the Emmy-nominated actress exclaims. “I don’t feel it’s 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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