Sofia Vergara doesn't believe string bikinis are ''slutty''.

The 39-year-old 'Modern Family' actress - who was raised wearing skimpy two-pieces in her native Columbia - admits she got a shock when she first encountered the more modest North American swim suits.

She said: ''I was like, What is that? It's like a diaper. It's terrible. Who can look good in that? When I moved to the United States, I used to have bathing suits brought up from Colombia.

''There's nothing slutty about a dental-floss bikini. You don't even think about it. The first bathing suit your mother buys you is in the shape of a triangle.''

As a Latina woman, Sofia likes to dress sexily and insists she needs a man who can cope with her being noticed.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, she explained: ''If a Latina falls in love with someone who is insecure, it can be a nightmare. I've had girlfriends who've been with really jealous guys, and it's like they're never enjoying you.

''You're at a party and they're just watching your every move. Then they'll come over and say, 'Why were you talking so closely to that guy? Put your skirt down!'

''Look, if you're sexy, if you like dressing sexy, you're not doing anything more than feeling beautiful. A Latina just wants to walk into a place and feel great. Somebody is going to turn around and look. So a Latina better find a guy who understands that, even appreciates it, because it's a compliment.''