Young actress Ariel Winter recently revealed she had chosen to surgically reduce her cup size due to being “oversexualised,” and various health reasons. The 17-year-old Modern Family star recently opened up about her difficult decision to reduce her breast size from a 32F to a 34D. She told Glamour Magazine how her larger chest drastically affected her health and self-esteem. The petite actress has since been applauded by young girls and women who have gone through similar situations, for being so open about her surgery.
“It really did happen overnight,” Winter said of her breast development. “I remember being in my sister’s wedding and being so flat and thinking, ‘I just wish I would grow boobs!’ and then overnight I did. But then they kept growing and growing and growing and it didn’t seem like they were going to stop.”
Winter spoke not only of the physical pain she endured – “It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain,” – but also of the emotional trauma, thanks to online bullies. “The Internet bullies are awful. I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting. I definitely seemed confident; I’m an actress, that’s what we do. But on the inside, I wasn’t feeling so happy,” she said.
The teen star spoke about how she felt oversexualised, and added that it bothered her that her ample bosom was attracting so much attention. “That’s pretty much all I was known for and it upset me,” she said. “It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualised and treated like objects. I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts],” Winter said. “How do you navigate that?”
She mentioned how she was often ridiculed for dressing “too old” for her 17 years, but said she had no choice, as she had to wear what fit. “There was so little that I could wear that was age-appropriate. I’d have to wear the dress that was super tight and formfitted everywhere because if I didn’t, it didn’t look good. Everyone would [say], “Why is she dressing so mature? That’s so inappropriate for her age!” It’s not like I wanted to pick out those inappropriate dresses, it’s just that I didn’t really have another choice, or I was going to get ridiculed,” she continued.
“I was 15 years old with [size] F [breasts]. How do you navigate that?”
We for one applaud this talented lady for being so open and frank about what is such a personal experience to go though, never mind having to cope with it all in the public eye. She has clearly made a well thought out, mature decision and is healthier and happier for it.
Winter stepped out this weekend at her first event since her surgery and looked stunning and happy.
“It’s amazing to finally feel right,” she said. “This is how I was supposed to be.”
Via Glamour Magazine