Ariel Winter, one of the young stars of the hit ABC show Modern Family, opens up in a new essay about some of the experiences she underwent before deciding to undergo breast reduction surgery. Sharing intimate insight into her very personal choice, Ariel Winter--who is just 18--seems years ahead of her time.
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 24, 2016
Winter was criticized after she attended the recent SAG Awards, wearing a dress that showed the scars from her breast reduction surgery.
"Women are already over-sexualized, and I grew into my body so young. I was 13, 14 years old, and I looked 19," Ariel Winter writes in an essay for Motto, a new website from the editors of Time.
"Suddenly, people didn't want to talk about my job--they just wanted to talk about my cleavage," the actress continues. "I'd go to awards shows and the next day see everyone on the Internet telling me I shouldn't look like this and dress like that. The conversation became about my looks instead of my talent and work--everything that I didn't want."
Ariel Winter admits, however, it wasn't social pressure that ultimately prompted her to decide to have breast reduction surgery.
"People may find it hard to believe, but when I got my breast-reduction surgery last year, it wasn't because of the mean comments online," she says. "It wasn't because I didn't like how I looked. Having so much weight on my frame was affecting me psychologically. I was uncomfortable and unhappy. I chose surgery because of how I felt, not because of what anyone else thought."
— People Magazine (@people) February 25, 2016
Ariel Winter sets such a fine example for young women everywhere. Confident and poised, she has grown into a very beautiful, talented, and self-assured actress, who isn't afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes.