Latinas Who Have Been Inspired by Sophia Loren

Happy birthday, Sophia Loren! The iconic Italian actress turns 80 today. Throughout her career, Loren has managed to inspire millions of women across the globe, including these lovely Latinas:

1. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

The Devious Maids producer channeled Sophia Loren for an Allure magazine cover shoot in 2011.

2. Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

During an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine in 2011, Vergara named the sexy Italian actress as her fashion icon. "She always looks so sexy,” the Modern Family actress said of Loren.

3. Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

“She’s the most beautiful, most talented…you know so many of her performances have inspired me, way before I was even an actress," Mendes told Access Hollywood of Sophia Loren. “Her performances are so touching. One that comes to mind is Two Women — the one she won the Oscar for being just so raw and emotional and she always brought such depth to all her characters.”

4. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

While talking to British Cosmopolitan in 2009, the Spanish actress admitted she was not afraid of growing old and said Loren was a prime example of how to age gracefully. "Sophia is 74 and amazing," Cruz said. "Every time I talk to her, she’s full of wonderful stories about old actors."