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Sofia Vergara‘s career has skyrocketed since Modern Family took over TV. In the October 2010 issue of Self, Sofia says she credits her “ridiculous boobs” for her career boost.

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The 38-year-old actress has made her mark on Hollywood with the help of her voluptuous body. But she has had some help in the form of hair dye.

“I’m a natural blonde,” Sofia explains in the new issue of Self. “But 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 blonde hair.”

“It was ignorance: They thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek. The moment I dyed my hair dark, it was, ‘Oh, she’s the hot Latin girl.’ I loved it,” she says. “I’d always felt a little ‘too much’ as a blonde, like a big-mouth version of Pamela Anderson. Being brunette toned me down a bit.”

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Toning down her look is what Sofia was looking for even as a young teen, but Sofia was grateful for her assets in the end.

“When I was 13, I got these ridiculous boobs. I wanted surgery,” Sofia shares. “I told my mom, ‘As soon as I’m older, please take these boobs away.’ She said, ‘Sofía, shut up. When you’re 18, it will be different.’ I was like, ‘Why would I want these huge t—? I’m a 34DD.’”

“It’s hard to dress. No matter what I wear, I look like a stripper,” she adds. “That said, I’m grateful I have them, and honestly, they’ve helped me a lot in my career. And I’ve always felt sexy.”

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