Sarah Hyland says gamers can love fashion, too

Oct 29, 2012 at 4:34 p.m. ET

Sarah Hyland might be super-busy — she's got that little role on Modern Family, after all. It doesn't mean she doesn't have time for a little fun, too!

Sarah hyland talks girl gaming

We all gasped when Modern Family star Sarah Hyland showed up on the 2012 Emmys red carpet wearing a dress that she co-designed with Marchesa. Turns out, this stunner loves everything about fashion: She loves wearing it, obviously — her favorite go-to piece this fall is a big sweater — and she loves playing fashion designer both for herself and for virtual girls on her Nintendo 3DS.

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Hyland, 22, is one of the new spokeswomen for the Play As You Are campaign, launched this month by Nintendo of America. The idea is to show girls — and us, ahem, older ladies — that's it's ok to game.

"My earliest memories are of playing Super Nintendo," Hyland told SheKnows. "I grew up playing Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart."

These days, the girl known as Hayley Dunphy likes to focus her gaming squarely on the fashion world, namely the new Nintendo 3DS games Style Savvy: Trendsetters and Sparkle Snapshots.

The games sounded like something the Barbie set would love, though Hyland told us it's really for older girls.

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"In Style Savvy: Trendsetters, you own your own boutique and help customers pick out things," she told us of the game released on Oct. 22. "You can experiment with over 12,000 clothing items for yourself, too."

Not your scene? Sparkle Snapshots is more photo-based.

"In Sparkle Snapshots, you can play with a photo studio and edit the photos with glasses and sparkles and other fun designs," Hyland said. "You can take it as far as sending the pictures to other friends who have a 3DS."

Will this get girls on board with gaming? Hyland hopes so.

"I was so into gaming, but there weren't many options for younger girls," she told us. Sounds like there are a couple more choices for girls, though we'll always balance our fashion games with some good old-fashioned shooter games. Who says girls can't shoot, too?

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