As of late, Ariel Winter has become a serious source of body confidence inspiration for her fans. The 19-year-old Modern Family star is opening up more and more about how she has learned to not only love her curves, but how she celebrates her figure with her fashion expressions. In a new interview with Refinery29, the actress actually credited her 2015 breast reduction surgery for helping her feel more like "herself," and help her figure out who she really is.
“Before [the surgery], I didn't feel like myself, and everyone was so focused on my cleavage, so when I got the breast reduction it helped me feel so much better about my body," she told the site. "I used to have full-scale meltdowns in bathing suit shops because there was nothing I could find to wear. I always felt like crap about myself. It’s gotten a little better, but it’s still definitely hard. Like, my best friend, she’s super tall and skinny and she’ll wear the same bathing suit as me, but people will automatically look at me and call me out as a slut or write headlines about 'Ariel Winter’s cleavage.' Meanwhile they look at her like, 'Oh she looks so cute!' But I’ve learned to not care about that as much. I'm comfortable in a bathing suit, scars and all."
It's not the first time that Ariel has shared that she is comfortable with her post-surgery scars – she previously spoke about them, saying she was not going to go our of her way to cover them up, and she certainly isn't going to feel self-conscious about them – or anything else about her body that haters might point out.
"I went through a lot of hate online, so I tried to change myself for a really long time. But people just kept hating on me no matter what I did," she shared. "I decided that instead of pleasing these other people, I’ll just spend that time pleasing myself. Those people are going to be rude to me regardless of what I do, so I should just try and be happy with what I am."
Of course, that doesn't mean that Ariel is always rainbows and sunshine about her appearance. Like all of us, she has those days when she feels insecure in her own skin. The difference is that she doesn't allow those worries to overtake her otherwise positive outlook.
"It’s hard to be positive about your body all the time," she shared. "I know because I’m honest about my insecurities that people think I'm 100% positive about my body all the time, but I’m not. I get really uncomfortable, too. But I just remind myself that this is the body I was given. This is who I am."