Who needs a costume designer? Sofia Vergara certainly doesn’t!
The 41-year-old actress, who plays Gloria on "Modern Family," has taken her sassy character's style into her own hands and has been regularly plucking pieces from her personal wardrobe to outfit Gloria.
On Thursday, the cast of the Emmy-winning ABC sitcom hit Bondi Beach in Australia to film scenes for an upcoming episode. Vergara, aka Gloria, poured her curves into a neon Agent Provocateur Mazzy monokini and looked sizzling hot as she pranced around in the sand with co-star Ty Burrell. She paired her on-screen ensemble with a purple, pleated beach skirt. The swimsuit, which features sexy bandage-style cutouts and lime green, tangerine, and pink paneling, is none other than Vergara's.
Vergara stepped out in a nearly identical ensemble one year ago during an off-screen vacation to Greece with her fiancé Nick Loeb. At the time, she teamed her $450 swimsuit with a green pleated beach skirt.
This isn't the first time the Emmy-nominated actress has hunted through her closet for Gloria's clothes, either. During Season 4 when Gloria was pregnant with her second child, Vergara snatched sexy blouses from her Sofia by Sofia Vergara for Kmart line for Gloria to wear.
Vergara told Yahoo in an interview in 2012 that she's been styling her character for years.
"Most of the ideas for Gloria’s style are my ideas. I kind of created the way that Gloria dressed," the Latin bombshell dished. "Gloria's been wearing all these shirts and dresses from Kmart. The outfit I wore on last night’s episode is a [rose-printed] shirt from the collection. The bigger the belly gets … the more of these blouses I’ve been using on her because they stretch."
The Fall 2012 Kmart collection green dress and rose-printed blouse are definitely situated at a more affordable price point than her bathing suit. Most of the items in Vergara's collection, which she launched in 2011, cost less than $50.
While the show can certainly afford to pay for Gloria's wardrobe, perhaps giving Vegara's Kmart clothing line free product placement was part of her negotiations with ABC following a lawsuit in 2012. She and her co-stars fought for a salary increase from $65,000 an episode to $170,000 and won. Today, Vergara is television's highest paid actress and rakes in a sizable $30 million per year.
Regardless of whether the show would spring for Vergara's wardrobe purchases, one thing is for sure: She knows what fits and makes sure Gloria has access to her favorite looks.