Check Out a 17-Year-Old Sofia Vergara in Her First Pepsi Ad From the 1980s

It turns out Sofia Vergara has been a natural in front of the camera since she was a teenager (and really, who's surprised?).

The America's Got Talent judge just posted a throwback to Instagram from her early days of modeling, saying, "#tbt How it all began. Santa Marta, Colombia. The 80’s."

The video was part of a series of ads that the Modern Family star did with Pepsi. At the beginning of the clip, the year 1989 flashes across the screen before a 17-year-old Vergara spots a Pepsi stand on the beach. In the cheeky commercial, the actress starts walking toward the soda stand, before realizing the sand is too hot. She gradually drops her belongings on the ground to step on, before resorting to stripping her crop top and shorts. After coyly recognizing the stares from beachgoers, she runs the rest of the distance in her periwinkle swimsuit.

This ad was the beginning of Vergara's career in the spotlight, which began when she was famously discovered by a photographer on a Colombian beach. The actress then spent the next few years modeling, as well as starring in various telenovelas. It was in the late '90s that Vergara moved to the U.S. and led other high-profile campaigns (including one for Miller Lite).

Although the Colombia native was barely cracking legal when she filmed the Pepsi ad, fans noticed how little the actress has changed throughout the years. One user commented, "I remember that commercial. You haven’t changed a bit." Another said, "tan hermosa, baby sofi. cada año que pasa estás más bella" (translation: "so beautiful, baby sofi. you are more beautiful with each passing year").

We have to agree with the commenters.

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Joel Calfee

Associate Editor, News and Entertainment

Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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