Like most teenage girls, Ariel Winter experienced a drastic growth spurt and what literally felt like overnight, she developed a large chest size. At only 17 years old, the Modern Family actress made the major, super brave decision to undergo breast reduction surgery, and she has just opened up about how she knew she had to make a change.
"I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts]," she said. "It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine."
Not only was there a lot of physical pain from her breast size, but Ariel's self-esteem was also affected. She says she was often criticized for the clothes she wore, since she was trying to do her best to work around her chest size, and she ultimately just wasn't happy with herself.
"We live in a day and age where everything you do is ridiculed. The Internet bullies are awful," she shared. "I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting. On [red carpets], I just said to myself, 'You have to do your best to look confident and stand up tall, and make yourself look as good as you can in these photos,' because everyone is going to see them. I definitely seemed confident; I’m an actress, that’s what we do. But on the inside, I wasn’t feeling so happy.
Ariel knew she had to do something, and after consulting doctors and leaning on her sister for support, she felt it was best to have surgery. By being so open about her experience, she hopes she will inspire other girls to do what makes them happy, since that is what's most important.
"I got it for myself. I can’t even really put it into words about how amazing it feels to really feel right," she said. "I also think there’s some good that can come from [telling] my story. It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health and I think that that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt more happy with myself than I ever have."
We're so glad to see Ariel is feeling comfortable in her own skin!
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