Sofia Vergara is one of Hollywood's biggest stars nowadays, but that wasn't always the case! The funny Latina--who is now the highest-paid TV actress--had to participate in her fair share of commercials and lesser-known projects before rising to fame.

In fact, when Vergara was younger, she actually appeared in tons of advertisements for companies like Pepsi, Bally Total Fitness, and more. Unlike her endorsements today however (which coincidentally includes Pepsi again and CoverGirl), the majority of her earlier appearances seem to mostly focus on Vergara walking around in--what else?- a bikini (cue the sighs of men around the world). But if the videos prove anything, it's that Vergara looks even better these days than she did back then! 

Below, check out 5 clips that show Vergara long before her Modern Family days:

Bally Fitness 1

Bally Fitness

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This 1998 commercial shows a younger Vergara touting Bally Total Fitness--and even includes her now-teenage son, Manolo!


Young Sofia Pepsi Commercial 2

Young Sofia Pepsi Commercial

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Vergara appeared in her first commercial for the Latin American division of Pepi when she was just 17 years old!


Pool exercises 3

Pool exercises

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A young Sofia Vergara shows you how to work out in a pool, while rocking a blue bikini. For obvious reasons, this video has become very popular on YouTube!

Fuera de Serie 4

Fuera de Serie

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Vergara and a co-host Fernando Fiore explore Busch Gardens and several beaches in Tampa, Florida.


Chasing Papi 5

Chasing Papi

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Vergara shows off her sassy--and possessive side--in this hilarious clip from the 2003 film Chasing Papi.