Why Sofia Vergara Is Smiling at This Giant Meatball

01/22/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Sofia Vergara's Meatball Charity Drive
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What do Sofia Vergara and a half-pound meatball have in common? (Hint: It’s not just their abilities to make dudes across the country smile.)

Starting January 22, both will be part of an effort to help kids by raising funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, one of the country’s top hospitals for pediatric cancer.

As part of the “Meatballs 4 Niños” campaign, the national Italian chain restaurant Buca di Beppo will donate a dollar to the hospital for every meatball dish that’s ordered either in the restaurant or online. The restaurant is known for its oversize, marinara-soaked spheres that are served as a side dish and also in classic entrees like spaghetti and meatballs. (If you’d rather not supersize, mini meatballs are also on the menu.)

Vergara, who is a spokesperson for the hospital and a thyroid cancer survivor herself, feels a personal connection to St. Jude’s, which relies on private donations for 75 percent of its operating revenue. “I am a mother so it’s something very special to me, working with kids, and I always get involved with kids’ charities. I had cancer 10 years ago, so it’s close to my heart, and they’re doing such amazing work,” the Modern Family actress told Access Hollywood last year.

The campaign is also a natural fit for Vergara, who’s well-known for her love of food and doesn’t even let slinky awards-show dresses keep her away from it. At this year’s Golden Globes she famously polished off a last-minute slice of chocolate cake while getting ready, and last year she was spotted eating a burger after the Emmys. Will the eight-ounce meatball become her next on-the-go snack?

—Lexi Dwyer

FILED UNDER: Food , Sofia Vergara

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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It seems like every generation has their shapely woman with a thick accent, my Mom’s generation was Charo, I guess this is ours……

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Good for her. Kudos for supporting a 100% worthwhile cause. Beautiful inside and out.

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