sofia vergaraToday is Sofia Vergara's birthday and we would like to wish the star a big super feliz cumpleaños! At 42 years old, Vergara is looking and doing great. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that the woman can rock a bikini like nobody's business. And speaking of business, she's rockin' her business too. For the third year in a row, Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV. She recently came in at number 54 on Forbes's list of the world's most powerful celebrities, earning 37 million dollars in the past 12 months. Oh, and on their list of most powerful women in the world, she came in at number 34. Not too shabby.

It may seem like she had it all, but let's not forget that it has taken a lot of hard work and a lot of bikini shots to get her where she is today. In honor of her cumple, let's take a walk down memory lane with her and see her transformation over the years.

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Before the Colombia-born star became the highest paid actress on TV playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family, she got the bills paid as a model, actress, television hostess and by appearing in quite a few commercials wearing a bikini, of course.

So sapo verde to La Vergara! Let's celebrate her birthday by checking out these five clips that show Vergara long before her Modern Family days! --Additional reporting by Michelle Regalado

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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!


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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!

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Fuera de Serie

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


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Chasing Papi

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