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Sofia Vergara almost looked a lot different than the voluptuous Latin brunette we know her as today.

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A natural blonde, the Modern Family star tells the October issue of Self magazine that the ignorance of casting directors made her go dark.

"When I started acting, I would go to auditions and they didn't know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent — but I had blond hair, "the actress says. "The moment I dyed my hair dark, it was, 'Oh, she's the hot Latin girl...' I'd always felt a little 'too much' as a blonde, like a big-mouth version of Pamela Anderson."

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The Emmy-nominated actress also tells the magazine that she wanted to reduce her "ridiculous" 34DD chest when she was younger, but she's now "grateful" for her them.

"They've helped me a lot in my career," Vergara, 38, says. "And I've always felt sexy."