Dec 20, 2014

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Sofia Vergara: AskMen’s Most Desirable Woman of 2012

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Sofia Vergara, the “Modern Family” star, ranked the top spot of AskMen‘s top 99 most desirable woman of the year list.  My one commentary:  I love the fact that the most desirable woman is 39 years old.  She’s Latina.  And the mother of a 20 year old son.  Pa’lante!

Sofia Vergara

She’s obviously beautiful, talented and funny.  But what I see beyond her caricatured accent and loud mouth, is a smart business woman.  Sofia is not new to television.  I used to watch her on Univisión in the 1990’s.  When she crossed over to mainstream English media, I had an Oh!-I-know-Sofia-Vergara moment.  I felt proud for sure.

Sofia is undeniably a savvy business woman — she’s learned how to successfully navigate the world of television, both Spanish and English media in this country.  I’m also proud of the fact that Sofia has always worked hard professionally and has been a good mother to her 20 year old son — a single mother, by the way.

Do I wish Sofia wouldn’t capitalize on the over-caricatured portrayal of Latina women?  Of course.  But what makes this insult more tolerable is that undertone of cynicism laced throughout her delivery of the character – a subtle reminder of an element of mockery of Latina stereotypes.

To learn more about Sofia Vergara‘s life and career journey, check out her profile on Wikipedia.

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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