The 45-year-old Modern Family actress recently posed nude for Women's Health's Naked Issue, looking undeniably gorgeous on the September cover. In the accompanying interview, Vergara gets candid about how her body has changed through the years, the work she puts in to maintain her famous physique and why her husband, Joe Manganiello, appreciates her for being herself.
Vergara says posing naked for Women's Health was especially important to her because of the message it's sending.
"Here's a woman, 45, being able to show her body," she points out. "It's not like before, when it was just young girls who would make the cover of a magazine."
Though Mangianello, of course, had some thoughts.
"Joe's like, 'F**k, you're going to be naked in everything now? Why?'" she says with a laugh, referencing a steamy shower scene in her upcoming spy thriller, Bent.
Vergara has no problem getting candid about aging in Hollywood.
"I'm 45. Even if you want to, at this time in your life, you can't be perfect," she explains. "It's not that you hate it, or that you're upset about it, but it is our reality. We're changing. I see it happening to me. I want to look my age, but I want to look great. I think if you are obsessed with this 'I want to look younger' thing, you're going to go crazy."
"People say, 'Oh, you look like you're in your 20s.' Well, it's not true," she adds. "Our skin is different. I had never thought of the word pore, then I'm like, 'Sh**! What do I do with these?'"
Another topic Vergara isn't shy about is her bra size.
"I can barely cover my boobs with two arms -- I'm a 32-triple-D!" she says when noting why most nude magazine poses won't work for her. "My boobs are real, and I had a baby. If I grab them, I can't even cover the nipple!"
The actress is accepting of her body, including that she'll never have six-pack abs. But she does strive to eat healthy, and works out with a trainer three or four times a week using the Megaformer, an advanced Pilates machine.
"Joe built a very nice gym in the house, so I don't have any excuses," she admits. "It's not about having muscle or cut abs. I don't have abs because I'm not 'I need to be like a fit model with a perfect body.' That would take too much effort!"
"It's like torture for me," she later admits about exercising. "I'm in a bad mood two hours before, I'm in a bad mood while I'm doing it, I'm in a bad mood at the end because I have to schedule the next class."
But if there's one thing she does love, it's looking her best for any occasion. Vergara admits she almost always wears lipstick, even if she's at home by herself.
"One of the first things Joe told me when we started dating was, 'I like how you're always very well put together,'" she reveals. "He said, 'I've had girlfriends that are all day long prancing around the house in sweats, no makeup…' I'm not saying that's bad; it's great. For good or worse, it's the way I grew up: Accept yourself but also be better than yourself."